A Kwara state Chief Magistrates’ Court sitting in Ilorin, on Monday, sentenced a church founder, identified as Pastor, Gabriel Josaya, aka Eli-Wakuku, to four years’ imprisonment for dealing in human parts.
The pastor, who is the prophet and founder of St. Moses Orimolade Cherubim and Seraphim Church, Ilorin, was convicted after a long trial and sentenced to four years’ imprisonment with no option of a fine by Chief Magistrate Mohammed Ibrahim.
The cleric was sentenced along with his accomplice, Gabriel Moyosore, a herbalist, who bought human skulls from him.
The men were convicted of conspiracy, trespass, and unlawful possession of human parts.
The police’s first investigative information report revealed that Josaya unlawfully gains entry into a cemetery, where he exhumed human skulls and sold them to various customers at the rate of N8,000 per skull.
Moyosore who was caught in possession of a human skull confessed to the crime.
Peter Ibiyemi, The Investigating Police Officer, told the court in his evidence that Josaya confessed that he had exhumed over 200 human skulls from the Muslim Cemetery, Osere area of Ilorin adding that Josaya began the business in 2009 and that he carried out his operation mainly at night and singlehandedly.
According to the Investigating Police Officer,, for each operation, he paid N10,000 to the cemetery security guard.
He also stated that Josaya confessed to having sold each skull for N6,000 to Moyosore.
During cross-examination, the counsel for the pastor, Ibrahim Olojoku, argued that the statement obtained from his client was not voluntarily made, adding that he was compelled by the police to admit to the crime.