Three Islamic clerics have been apprehended by the police in connection with the gruesome beheading of a surveyor in the Moniya area of Akinyele Local Government Area in Oyo State. Among them is a cleric who also serves as a landlord in Alapata, Apete, Ido Local Government Area, residing near the victim’s office.
The surveyor, well-known for land transactions in the vicinity, was allegedly enticed by the suspects, one of whom had employed him, under the false pretense of a job offer. This led to the tragic event in a Moniya bush where he was fatally attacked and beheaded.
The arrest of the trio in the Sango area of Ibadan North LG brought shock and confusion to the Alapata community. Locals were astounded, especially since one of the accused was a respected cleric recognized for his distinctive turban within the Islamic community of Alapata.
CSP Akande Rufus Adegoke, the Apete Divisional Police Officer, confirmed the incident and stated that although the perpetrators were landlords in his jurisdiction, the crime occurred in Moniya. The case has been transferred to the Criminal Investigation Department, Iyaganku, for further examination.