Two of the arrested suspects, who disguised as lunatics, have confessed to be human body parts dealers, the Oyo State Police Command, yesterday disclosed.
The disclosure was made at the end of a security meeting with the Oyo State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Mohammed Indabawa.
About three “lunatics” on whom human parts were found were killed by angry youths.
A woman who reportedly had 42 SIM cards on her and another man with a price list of human parts died in the hospital, Vanguard reports.
After the meeting, the CP also said that 42 lunatics had been withdrawn from major streets by the government. He said the move was to prevent them from further attacks as people now see every lunatic as a potential human parts dealer.
The police hinted that the forensic pathologists had started work on the den.
Ndabawa confirmed that the den had been in existence for the past 10 years, adding that the forensic experts were sent from Force Criminal Investigation Department, Abuja.
“Police have rescued 42 lunatics or presumed lunatics from the streets so far. Two people have been killed. Investigation, like I said, is ongoing and out of the so called lunatics, two of them have confessed to be looking for human body parts, but they are not yet related to the Soka incident.
“That place has been there for a very long time, perhaps about 10 years. It was initially used by a construction company during the channelisation of Ogunpa River and after then the site was abandoned.”
“The demolition of that place will continue and be completed so that other miscreants will not use that place for another purpose,” he said, referring to the clearing of Soka where the suspected human parts dealers were nabbed.
The Special Adviser on Public Affairs, Mr. Toye Arulogun, said that the state government had also decided to create a temporary shelter with medical personnel and other facilities to take care of the lunatics before they are reunited with their families.