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Crime & Punishment of Tuesday, 2 August 2022


Suspected cultists kill woman, remove eye

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The police in Osun on Tuesday said the corpse of a 65-year-old woman, declared missing in Ilesa, was found on her farm with one of her eyes plucked.

Yemisi Opalola, the police spokesperson in the state, said in a statement that the deceased’s daughter reported the discovery of her mother’s corpse to the police.

“At about 1.00 p.m. on Monday, One Dare Oluyemi of Odundun Area Ilesa reported that her mother, Oluyemi Tunmise, 65, who the family had been searching for since Saturday, had been found dead.

“She said her mother was found dead with one of her eyes removed by yet-to-be-identified assailants on her farm at Fadahunsi Area of Ilesa, at about 11.30 a.m on Monday.”

Ms Opalola said the police had visited the scene of the crime and had taken photographs.

She said the person who reported the incident and the other children of the deceased, however, refused the police to take the body of their mother to the mortuary or carry out further investigation.

She said they threatened to unleash violence and that they wished to bury the corpse.

Osun State has been a hotbed of violence in recent days.

Last Friday, gunmen kidnapped a gold miner and his driver in Ilesa, demanding N5 million ransom which they later reduced to N500,000.

A few days earlier, suspected kidnappers killed a police inspector who tried to prevent them from abducting two foreign miners in Ifewara community in Atakunmonsa West local government.


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