Men of the Ogun State Police Command have arrested a 49-year-old man, Ganiyu Shina, for allegedly bathing with blood at a community river in the Kotopo area of Odeda local government.
The suspect was reportedly arrested on Thursday, at No 4, Oguji street, Obantoko Abeokuta.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, SP Abimbola Oyeyemi, disclosed this in a statement on Thursday.
Oyeyemi said the suspect was arrested
when members of the community sighted him at the river bank, where he parked his Nissan commercial vehicle, came out with a local sponge and a container filled with blood and started bathing with it.
He said “Immediately he discovered that some people are watching him, he took to his heels but was chased and apprehended by members of the community.
A call was made to the police at Aregbe divisional headquarters by a member of the community, and the DPO, SP Bunmi Asogbon, quickly led the patrol team to the scene, from where the suspect was brought to the station.
On interrogation, the suspect claimed to have a spiritual problem, and that a herbalist instructed him to perform the ritual.
“He claimed further that the blood in his possession is not human blood, but that of a cow.”
Oyeyemi however, said the Commissioner of Police, Lanre Bankole, has directed that the remaining blood should be taken for laboratory analysis, to ascertain whether is human blood or not.
He said the CP also praised members of the community for not taking laws into their hands, he, therefore, assured them that the suspect will be properly investigated.