Residents of the Ipokia village in the Ipokia Local Government Area of Ogun State are reportedly in a state of palpable anxiety after some yet-to-be identified ritualists allegedly broke into the community and removed more than 40 skulls from tombs.
The ritualists reportedly operated most often at night, when individuals were likely asleep.
According to a source, the ritualists broke into various neighborhoods of the town and dug graves to exhume skulls and other human remains.
When contacted by reporters, some of the locals claimed to have counted over 40 ritualist-dug graves.
Several of the sources claimed that the ritualists began the act roughly two months ago and had already managed to escape with a sizable number of dry human heads.
It was gathered that nobody had been arrested since the exhuming of corpses began in Ipokia town.
However, residents of Ipokia said none of the security agencies, which include police, Department of State Services, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, the So-Safe Corps and the Amotekun Corps have devised means to track down those behind the removal of skulls from graves in the town.
A source said, “They sneak into people’s compounds, dig the graves and removed the skull and any other parts they need. They will do it in a manner residents won’t wake up to know there is anything going on around them.”
Speaking with newsmen, an elder in Ipokia, Samuel Adeyemi, said two corpses were dug out in his compound on Friday, lamenting that nobody did anything to stop the act.
Adeyemi said the ritualists were becoming more desperate in their bid to steal many skulls from the tombs in Ipokia for reasons best known to them.
When contacted, the Ogun State police spokesman, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said he had yet to be briefed about the incident.