Soliu Majekodunmi, the boy who slaughtered his fiancée, Sofiyah, for alleged money ritual purposes, has explained that he learned about the practice on Facebook.
Majekodunmi stated that he found the information by searching ‘how to make money ritual’ on Facebook, adding that the link told him to behead and burn a female skull in a local pot.
Majekodunmi and three other suspects were paraded at the state police headquarters in Eleweran, Abeokuta, Ogun State, on Monday.
Majekodunmi, who had fled but was later apprehended, claimed that after acquiring the money ritual technique on the internet, he collaborated with others to carry it out.
While speaking with reporters about how he killed his lover, the 18-year-old suspect stated he grabbed her neck and beheaded her soon after making love to her.
He claimed he conspired with his friend, Mustakem Balogun, to lure the young girl to their apartment in Abeokuta’s Oke Aregba neighborhood, where she was murdered.
They admitted to killing the girl and claimed that they decided on the money ritual because they wanted to drive exotic automobiles and live in expensive apartments.
The suspects also stated that they bought three pigeon eggs, known as ‘Eyin Aparo’ in Yoruba, as well as other fetish items, which they mixed into the local pot.
They said, however, that the total cost of the money-making ritual materials was N2,500, which they split amongst themselves.
While escorting the accused, the State Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, stated that the incident was the product of poor parenting.
The police spokesperson advised Nollywood performers to stop pushing money ritual movies, and he urged religious organizations to stop preaching only about prosperity.
He said, “This can only be described as a superlative degree of callousness. It is despicable and barbaric at this time for somebody to still have it in mind that money can be made if he sacrifices the life of a fellow human being. More so, what is it that teenagers want to use money for that will lead them to this type of heinous crime? It is still beyond the comprehension of a normal human being
“I want to say that many parents have failed in their responsibilities. This is a result of bad parenting. It is a result of complete failure of parental responsibility because if this thing has not been encouraged by the parents, I do not believe that any properly brought up child will want to embark on this type of criminality.
“I also want to advise that the generality of people have a lot of work to do, the religious bodies, entertainment bodies and everybody that has one thing or the other on protecting life and properties.
“The religious bodies should stop preaching only prosperity, you should be preaching morality more than the way you preach prosperity. Nollywood actors and the movie censors board have a lot to do to regulate the type of film they produce because some of them(ritual suspects) learn it in movies.”
Sunday Olatunbosun who spoke on behalf of the slain girl’s family urged the police to help ensure justice over the death of Sofiyah.
He said, “We want justice for her and I am speaking on behalf of the family, all that we want is justice, nothing else.
“Her mother is in a very critical situation, even we needed to give her sleeping pills before she was able to sleep. Her father is late and the situation of her mother is very critical at the moment. We had to take her away from Abeokuta to Ifo area because of the incident.”