70-year-old suspected ritualist escapes lynching for stealing human hair in Ondo

One Michael Omolayo, suspected to be a ritualist has been arrested in Akure, the Ondo State capital, for packing human hair in large quantities at a barbershop.

The 70-year-old man was almost lynched by some irate residents of Oke-Emesho area of Akure, after he was caught in the act.

Omolayo was said to have received the hair from a woman who had allegedly assisted him to pack the hair from a shop owned by a barber identified as Desmond.

He, however, ran out of luck as he was sighted by some residents who immediately raised the alarm.

According to a source, some of the people attempted to lynch Omolayo but were prevailed upon. The residents thereafter went to search the septuagenarian’s house.

“Some strange objects were found in the house and this prompted the head of the community, Chief James Abiodun, to order his arrest and be taken to the Deji of Akure’s palace along with the strange objects found in his house. The community head also said the issue could only be resolved through traditional means,” he said.

The woman, who was seen handing over the human hair to the suspect, reportedly confessed to the allegation at the Deji’s palace.

The Chief Press Secretary to the Deji of Akure, Mr Michael Adeyeye, who confirmed the incident said the palace would hand over the suspect to the police.


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