Police: Ritualist by name Tunde Olayiwola dies in Akure station.
Alfa Tunde Olayiwola, a ritualist, died on Saturday while in police prison in Akure for allegedly possessing a human skull.
This was announced by the police on Sunday.
DSP Olufunmilayo Odunlami, a police spokeswoman, acknowledged the suspect’s death on Sunday but denied that he was tortured to death.
The suspect, according to Odunlami, was acting oddly on Saturday evening and was transported to the hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.
“Even in the hospital there was no sign or mark of violence on his body; he was not tortured.
“He couldn’t have been tortured because the truth of his complicity was already in the open.
“Those who were present when Olayiwola was paraded before newsmen would have noticed that he was not tortured,’’ Odunlami said.
Mr Oyeyemi Oyediran, the Ondo State Police Commissioner, paraded Olayiwola in front of the media on December 23 in Akure, among eight other people detained for various crimes.
Oyediran revealed at the time that Olayiwola was arrested on December 23 in Oka, Ondo Township, on suspicion of being involved in money rituals.
“On December 23 at about 9.20 a.m., police received information that a self-acclaimed cleric named Alfa Tunde Olayiwola was about to receive a consignment suspected to be a human skull.
“The Police immediately swung into action and the cleric was apprehended at Ajagbale Area of Oka, Ondo Town.
“A fresh human skull was found in Olayiwola’s custody when he was arrested.
“Olayiwola confessed that the skull found in his possession was to be used to ensure he had a better life,” Oyediran had told newsmen on December 23.
John Mamman, the All Progressives Congress’s Nasarawa State Chairman, has advised the state’s newly appointed commissioners to guarantee transparency in their work.
Last Monday, Governor Abdullahi Sule swore in 14 Commissioner-nominees who had recently been examined and confirmed by the State House of Assembly.
On the occasion of Governor Sule’s 62nd birthday celebrations in Lafia on Sunday, Mamman said the commissioners were hand-picked from the state’s 13 Local Government Areas because the governor wanted the best hands on the state executive council.
He said, “In a bid to ensure that residents of the state enjoy the dividends of democracy, Governor Sule carefully selected the best hands from the 13 LGAs as Commissioners. This is a clear indication that the Governor has confidence in them so I am urging them not to disappoint him.
“As they resume duties at their respective ministries, they should ensure transparency and accountability because as the Governor has always said, public service is public trust, so they should not disappoint the people of Nasarawa State”.
On the occasion of the Governor’s 62nd birthday, the APC chairman lauded Sule for his contributions to the state’s human capital and infrastructure development.
He hailed Sule as an astute politician who took his many years of expertise in the business sector to public service, and asked to God to continue to provide him good health and knowledge so that he may continue to do good for the people.