The Oyo state police command has arraigned a 55-year-old man, Prophet Alimi Isaiah, before an Iyaganku magistrate’s court in Ibadan, for allegedly being in possession of a human skull and other fetish items.
According to the charge sheet, with number, Mi/1731c/2017, the accused, was arraigned on one count of unlawful possession.
Vanguard reports that the prosecutor, Mr Sunday Ogunremi, told the court that the accused, on May 5, 2017, at about 9.10pm on Sango Road in Ibadan Magisterial District, did unlawfully had in his possession, one human skull.
“The offence contravened Section 329(A) of the Criminal Code, Cap 38, Vol. II, Law of Oyo State of Nigeria, 2000,” the prosecutor said. The accused, in his statement, told police that he is a prophet of a white garment church in Lagos and that he had not completed his apprenticeship before his friend lured him to join the pastoral job.
He said: “I use the horn (found in his possession) to control people that come to me for prayer so I can collect huge amounts of money from them.
“I got the human skull from a particular area of Lagos, when they brought a bulldozer to a street. I took it from there for personal use because I knew it would be useful.
“I was arrested on my way to Ibadan from Lagos at the stop-and-search checkpoint. I was in a public transportation vehicle when police stopped our vehicle and started searching our bags, before I was caught.”
In her ruling, the Chief Magistrate, Mrs. Abiola Richard, granted the accused bail in the sum of N75,000 with two sureties in like sum, and adjourned the case till June 28 for hearing.
The magistrate stated one of the sureties must be a Level 8 civil service officer and the second surety must be his blood relation with national identity card.
But the accused Alimi did not meet the bail condition and was remanded in the Agodi Prison The case was then adjourned to June 28 for further hearing.