The South West Nigeria Security Network, also known as Amotekun Corps, in Ekiti State has arrested two suspects for allegedly attempting to kill a teenager for ritual purposes.
The Corps Commander, retired Brigadier General Joe Komolafe, paraded the suspects before journalists on Tuesday.
At the parade in Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital, Komolafe said one of the suspects ambushed the victim on her way to church.
Komolafe said that luck, however, ran out on the suspect, who had attempted to slit his victim’s throat with a knife, as the teenager, Osigba God-first, struggled with him and raised an alarm, which attracted people to to the scene.
He said that upon the arrest and interrogation of the suspect, he revealed that a herbalist, his accomplice, 53, had instructed him to bring human parts for money ritual.
Komolafe said the two suspects were arrested in Ado-Ekiti following the report of the victim’s family to the corps.
He said: “We had a report at our Ado Local Government office that some ritualists wanted to kill one lady who was going to church, so we went there.
“Luckily for her, she was not killed and the guy who attempted to kill her confessed that he wanted to get rich quickly and a ‘babalawo’ told him to bring human flesh.
“So, he had for a period observed the lady passing through the place to church every day.
“Before daybreak, as the lady was on her way to church on Sunday, he came out from the bush with a knife wanting to slit her throat, but she was able to struggle with him and shouted.
“Then her younger brother, who was following behind, ran back home and that’s how they came to report to us at Amotekun and we arrested him.
“Getting here, he told us that it was the herbalist that told him that he should bring human flesh for the ritual, so the herbalist was also arrested.”