The urge to get rich either by hook or crook has driven a 62-year-old herbalist, Ganiyu Idowu, to do the unthinkable.

Idowu, on Thursday, alleged that an Islamic cleric, Bamigbola Edun, aka alfa, asked him to get a human heart and two hands, with which he would prepare a ritual which had a potency to produce N11 million.

Idowu was one of the 19 suspects paraded by the Ogun State Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu, at the command’s headquarters, Eleweran, Abeokuta, for offences ranging from kidnapping and attempted ritual killing, to armed robbery and threat to life.

Paraded alongside Idowu and Edun was a 62-year-old motorcyclist, Mathew Odunewu, who was alleged to be an accomplice.

The three of them, according to Iliyasu, conspired, kidnapped and attempted to kill one Ganiu, an apprentice to Idowu, for alleged money ritual, in the Oriyanrin area of Abeokuta.

He said the police got wind of their plan and mounted surveillance on the area.

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The police boss said their efforts paid off on August 30, 2018, around 11pm by Ogun River bank, when three of them surfaced with their supposed victim, Ganiu.

He said, “On getting to the river bank, the three men grabbed the fourth person, who is the youngest among them, laid him on the ground and were about to slaughter him like a lamb when policemen swooped on them.”

Iliyasu said when the suspects were arrested, they had polythene bags with them, adding that they confessed that they would have put Ganiu’s body parts inside the bags if they had succeeded in killing him.

When asked by journalists what informed their action, the herbalist said it was the alfa who asked him to get a human heart and two hands.

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