A herbalist, Asimiyu Agboola, has owned up to killing of Olalekan Ogunnranti, the late MD of Today’s Prints, after he duped the deceased of N3m in a fake money ritual.
Agboola, who is popularly known as Alhaji, confessed to the crime when he and his accomplices, Adesina Muyideen, 27, Ramoni Afolabi, 37, Akeem Akorede, aka Jaruf, 32, and Coker Daniel, 28, were paraded by the police before newsmen.
The 37-year-old herbalist, who has a shrine at Oloti in Boripe Local Government Area of Osun State, said he once used herbal remedies to cure late Ogunranti of an undisclosed health ailment.
“Consequently, Ogunnranti approached me for money ritual,” he stated.
However, investigation revealed that it was him who initiated the money ritual sacrifice to dupe the deceased.
He speaks further: “Olalekan was brought to me and after listening to him, I gave him a bill of N90, 000, and gave him drugs and he left. I asked him to pay that amount because the people who brought him said he was rich. I shared N70, 000 with them after removing N20, 000 which is cost of the drugs.
“About three weeks after, Ogunnranti called me expressing his excitement about the drugs, and how his condition improved tremendously, and promised to bring me customers. Before dropping the call, he asked me to make him richer by doing money ritual for him.
“I knew i could not do what he was asking for but alongside the people who brought him, we decided to dupe him. Then I told him that I can do it, that there are two categories of money ritual. The first is to get money and put it in a bag after some important rituals, the money will multiply.
“The second will be to construct a big box and keep it in a room. After several days of prayer, he would be picking money from the box endlessly. He then chose to do that of a bag because, he does not have anywhere to hide the box.
“Two weeks later, he called that he has gathered N2.5million which I will help him multiply. I took the money and put ordinary paper and other stuffs in the bag and tied it up. I warned him not to open the bag until he was instruct¬ed to do so.
“I told him to return after four days with the bag and that he was expected to bath in any river as part of the ritual. I gave him options and he chose Ijebu area. I also told him to come with N500, 000 to buy more ingredients for the rituals. He brought the money and told me that he cannot afford to give me more money for rituals as he had run out of cash. I told him not to worry that he would soon be rich.
“I told him he would have to take a bath on the bank of the river, and lured him to Osogbo at a river in Obokun in Osun State. I had recruited some cultists and positioned them in a bush near the river.
“Having told him not to look back while he was taking his bath, the cultists attacked him, hacked him to death and cut his head off.”