Wednesday, 17 February 2016
Court remands Prophet, two others for alleged possession, sale of human skulls (Photo)
The police prosecutor, Sergeant A. Seye, told the Magistrates’ Court sitting in Ilorin, Kwara State, that the information that led to the arrest of the accused was received on February 5 but that the accused had been on the job since 2009.
Seye said the accused were said to have regularly gained access to the popular Muslim Cemetery in the area since 2009 to commit the crime.
“Josaya, aka Eli-Wakuku, was charged along with one Gabriel Moyosore and Yinusa Ayinla for criminal conspiracy, criminal trespass and unlawful possession of human head, contrary to sections 97, 348, 219 of penal code law.
“The fourth accused, identified as Alfa Alaba Isiaka, is at large,” the prosecutor said, adding that, ”the accused sold a skull for between N6,000 and N8,000.”
According to the prosecutor, “The police First Information Report, FIR, on the case reads in part: “That you Gabriel Josaya aka Eli-Wakuku, the prophet and founder of St Moses Orimolade Cherubim and Seraphim Church, Osere area, Ilorin conspired with you, Gabriel Moyosore ‘m,’ Yinusa Sa’ad Ayinla, Alfa Alaba Isiaka (at large) and others unlawfully used to gain entrance into Muslim Cemetery ground, Osere area, Ilorin, since the year 2009 till date where some human skulls have been removed by you and sold to your various customers at the rate of N8,000 per skull.”
New Telegraph reports that the accused persons pleaded not guilty.
The Chief Magistrate, Mrs. K. A. Yahaya, however, ordered the accused to be remanded in prison custody, adjourning the matter till March 24.