Detectives attached to the Lagos State police command have arrested a 52-year-old herbalist who sells human parts in Ogun state.
The suspect identified as Tosenu Lussien was arrested by the policemen that went to his house at Iraye village in Sagamu Local Government Area disguising as a human part buyers. It was when he went inside the room to bring the human part that he was arrested.
It was learnt that the suspect had been in the business of selling human parts for about five years, before the policemen got information about the herbalist and went for him. He was eventually arrested in a three-bedroom flat.
The herbalist, it was gathered had been discussing the price of different human parts with the supposed buyer on phone not knowing that the person he was talking to was a policeman. It was after he was arrested it dawned on him.
The suspect who was paraded before journalists at the command headquarters, Ikeja, yesterday, said the human skull had been in his house for five years now.
He said: “This is the first time I am dealing with human parts; I found the skull five year ago in a forest when I went there as a security guard and I kept it for future purposes.
“I saw the human skull at Oko-Ode village in Sagamu area of Ogun State while on security duty and brought it home that I might need it later. It was fresh when I saw it but it had decomposed now.
“I am an herbalist and I had been assisting people in different ways, but this is the first time I will be dealing with human parts, it was one of my in-laws then who requested that I help him get human head, that he wanted to use it for business ritual. I promised to do something about it.”
Lussien added: “Immediately I brought the skull home, I called my in-law on the telephone to come and see it and he gave N80,000 to prepare the charm for him. Then he promised to come for the charm that is when policemen came to arrest me.”
After he gave me the money, I later received a call from someone that he needed human parts and I asked the person to pay N 150,000. I did not know they were policemen until they came into my apartment and recovered the human skull.
“I believe it was my in-law that sold me to the police. I was only trying to assist him when he came to me that his car business was not doing very well. That was why I decided to assist him with the charm that would boost his business.”
The Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Administration, Mr Danladi Galandachi, also said the suspect usually charged up to N1m for fresh human parts and between N150,000 and N200,000 for dried one.