A 36-year-old bricklayer, Samond Akeju Ogunrinde, has been reported missing after he had visited an alfa (Islamic cleric) for divination in Kogi State, Daily Trust is reporting.
The victim, Ogunrinde who is a father of two, hails from Iwoye-Ketu in Ogun State, but lives in Ekiti State with his wife and children.
He reportedly visited the alfa identified as Olaitan Apelu, for divination at Iyara in Ijumu LGA of Kogi State on March 25.
His elder brother, Muideen Ogunrinde, told Daily Trust in Abeokuta that he had informed the family of his arrival at the alfa’s residence on March 25 with the assurance of returning to his base the same day.
He said the family members were shocked when the bricklayer could not be reached on phone for hours, which rolled into days and weeks.
“When we contacted alfa to ask about our brother’s whereabouts, we were surprised to hear him say that our brother did not come to his house. The matter was immediately reported to the police at Iyara Divisional Headquarters,” the elder brother said.
According to him, when the police stormed his residence to apprehend him, the alfa had taken to his heels, but the operatives arrested his father.
The elder brother said operatives later arrested him, and found the mobile phone of the victim in his possession, yet the suspect denied knowing of the bricklayer’s whereabouts.
The family’s lawyer, Amos Oghinan, on Sunday told Daily Trust that the suspect had been transferred to the state headquarters in Lokoja, saying the suspect remained adamant.
Oghinan expressed worry about the police’s delay in charging the suspect to court.
“Already, the alfa is overstaying his visit to the police headquarters, any human rights organisation can complain about unlawful and long detention. To avoid this, the police should charge the case to court,” he said.
The family members said they have lost patience with the police probe, saying the suspect should be made to face the wrath of the law.
When contacted, the police spokesman, Kogi Command, William Aya, told Daily Trust that he had not been briefed on the matter.
He said he would confirm and get back to our correspondent but he had not at press time.