The Ekiti State Police Command on Wednesday confirmed the gruesome killing of a 78-year-old grandmother and widow by persons suspected to be ritualists in Ikere Ekiti, Ikere Local Government.
The Command’s Public Relations Officer, ASP Sunday Abutu, who confirmed the incident, described it as “unfortunate and mysterious”.
Abutu said investigation had begun into the case with the Criminal Investigation Department directed to take over the case.
He added that the corpse of the deceased had since been recovered and deposited in the morgue of the State Specialist Hospital in Ikere Ekiti.
Concerned local sources had earlier told newsmen that the victim, Sabianah Aranilewa, was not only killed, her blood was drained and vital organs were removed by suspected rituals.
Also confirming the reports, the deceased’s son, Eyitope Aranilewa, said his mother had earlier gone missing on May 29 around 6:45am, while washing clothes at her residence along Moshood Road, Odo-Oja area of Ikere-Ekiti.
He said his mother’s friend, simply identified as Mrs. Ojolo, first raised the alarm and organised a search party, but efforts to find her proved abortive until 4pm when her corpse was found inside a stream with her throat slit and other vital organs removed.
He said: “On that fateful day I got a distress call that my mother was missing.
“It was my mother’s friend, Mrs. Ojolo, who resides within a short distance from her shop, that raised the alarm when she did not see her in the shop
“The matter was immediately reported at the police station, but it was not long that information came that her body had been located at a place not far from the home.
“She was slaughtered like a goat and the corpse dumped in a shallow stream, flowing through the back of her home.”