A herbalist, Kareemu Okeyode and his 51-year-old client, Oladele Bakare, reportedly died on the afternoon of September 7, during a money ritual sacrifice.
According to The Nation, the 60-year-old herbalist went into the “sacred room” together with Bakare in the morning after he had prepared many fetish objects, including an incense powder, for the planned ritual.
But the curiosity of neighbors were awakened after they stopped hearing the incantations of the duo in the ‘sacred room’ for a long time.
Suspecting something sinister, they knocked on the door in the afternoon, but alas, there was no response. This compelled them to force the door open only to be greeted with the shocking sight of the dead bodies of the two men on the floor. The attention of the police was quickly drawn to the discovery.
The acting police spokesman Abimbola Oyeyemi said the two men were pulled out of the room naked.
Oyeyemi said the two men locked themselves up in the “sacred room” during the money ritual and that “it was very likely that they died of suffocation in the room suffused with smoke of burning incense”.
Could it be the current economic situation in the country that is driving men into money ritual? It may not be far from the reason. In a similar case, an 11-year-old boy on Wednesday, September 7, told a Mapo Customary Court, Ibadan Oyo State that his father, Raufu AbdulHakeemon, wanted to sacrifice him for money rituals.
The boy made this known when he testified in a divorce proceeding brought by his mother, Sekina, who hinged her petition on the allegation. According to him: “What my mother said is true and correct.”
Sekina, an Ibadan-based businesswoman, had urged the court to dissolve her 12-year-old marriage to AbdulHakeem for alleged attempt to sacrifice their child for money ritual.
The petitioner averred that the dissolution had become imperative after her estranged husband allegedly made attempt to sacrifice their child for money ritual.
May God save Nigeria!