The fear of a madman on the street appears to have saved many from kidnap or even possible murder in the Orita-Obele area of Akure, Ondo state.

Many who must have seen Aladetoyinbo around Orita -Obele area of Akure must have ignorantly felt sorry for his mental instability, without knowing that he was a serial ritualist who put up a deception with lunatic display.

But luck ran out on him on Monday, August 27th when he was caught after trying to catch his target in the area.

An eyewitness, Mr Ganiyu Yusuf said he noticed his suspicious moves towards a young boy of about 8 years old and decided to trail him.

"He has been a regular street madman in this area but nobody suspected he was up to something.

"I became uncomfortable when I noticed the move he was making towards a small boy and tried to move closer. When he noticed my closeness, he attempted to escape, then I raise an alarm which led to his arrest by vigilante group."

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Another source, Siji Adelanke said the moment he was caught, he was discovered to be chewing something in his mouth and when we tried to recover it, he immediately swallowed it. We later noticed it was his SIM card."

The suspect who identified himself as Aladetoyinbo confessed that he is from Edo State, and has been in the business for quite a while merely pretending to be a madman.

He however refused to disclose who he works for.

Charms and ritual substances were reported to have been recovered from him.

It was gathered that the timely intervention of Policemen prevented the suspect from being lynched and set ablaze by the mob.

Confirming the incident, police public relation officer of the state command said the suspect had chewed and swallow his SIM card which ought to have fast-tracked the process of investigation into the case.

He however noted he is still in their custody.

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