by S’ola Filani
An unidentified young man in Ilobu community, in the Irepodun Local Government Area of Osun State, got stuck and died on Wednesday while trying to cut off the head of a corpse (an aged woman) buried in Tonto compound in the area.
“This particular corpse was buried five years ago and the suspected ritualist attended the burial in Ilobu. There are indications that he did not dig the grave alone. What we discovered is that he may have been attempting to cut off the head of the corpse when something suddenly hooked him as he managed to force half of his body into the grave to cut off the head.
“He got hooked and died on the spot, a development which possibly compelled other ritualists to run away from the scene so that they may not be affected by the mysterious thing that killed (their colleague),” a credible source in the community, told Saturday Tribune.
Narrating how the residents of Ilobu got to know about the incident, the source continued “a woman who was hawking ogi (a local corn meal) early in the morning of Wednesday spotted the torso of the suspect sticking out of the grave and raised the alarm.
“His corpse was discovered around 6.30am and his head was covered in mud. The residents here alerted the police division in Ilobu and they later came to evacuate the body and put it in their van before taking him away,” he said.
The remains of the suspected ritualist were subsequently taken to and deposited at the mortuary of the Ladoke Akintola University Teaching Hospital (LAUTECH), Osogbo, the state capital.
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