Two accused men were prosecuted before an Iyaganku Magistrates’ Court in Ibadan on Thursday for alleged unlawful possession of a human head by the Oyo State Police Command.
According to the Nigerian News Agency (NAN), the defendants are Saidi Mutiu, 41, and Olasunkanmi Oladejo, 35, according to Nigerian News Agency (NAN).
The defendants are on trial on a three-count accusation of the alleged conspiracy, unauthorized possession, and interfering with a corpse.
The allegations were dismissed when Mutiu of Idi-Arere, Ibadan, and Oladejo of Oju-Odo, Academy, Ibadan, pleaded not guilty.
According to the police prosecutor, Insp, the defendants allegedly conspired to commit the act of misconduct with regard to the corpse. Foluke Adedosu.
According to Adedosu, the defendants allegedly had one human head in their possession without lawful justification on August 31 at about 1.30 p.m. in Challenge area, Ibadan.
“Mutiu and Oladejo were accused of indecently interfering with a corpse by removing the head without valid justification,” according to the report.
“The defendants are accused of tampering with a corpse buried at a Muslim burial cemetery in Ibadan, digging the grave and cutting the victim’s head off.
“Mutiu and Olasunkanmi were apprehended by a Federal Highway Police patrol squad on stop and search while driving an unregistered Toyota automobile on the Ibadan-Lagos expressway.
“The police checked the truck, and the corpse’s head was hidden inside a black cellophane bag,” Adedosu claimed.
She stated that sections 242, 329A, and 516 of the Criminal Code Laws of Oyo State 2000 were violated.
Mrs I. O Osho, the magistrate, gave the defendants bail in the amount of N500, 000, with two sureties in the same amount each.
The magistrate postponed the hearing until December 21st.