Body of missing 12-year-old found in Ogun

The corpse of missing 12-year-old, John Soyinka, was reportedly found at Kotogbo community inside Asero Estate, Abeokuta, on Monday with some of his body parts missing.

Our correspondent gathered on Wednesday that Soyinka was declared missing about a week ago, and the incident was reported at the Obantoko Police Station, Abeokuta.

A resident of the area, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told our correspondent that the school boy went missing after trying to check on a customer who earlier carried out a  PoS transactions in a shop where the deceased usually assisted them.

The source said, “I know the boy very well, he is about 12 years old and he lived  with his mother who I guessed is no longer with her husband. His mother is into menial jobs like helping people to sweep and the rest.

“The boy too was going to school but I also usually see him at a business centre where they do PoS operations and barbing, I think he must be assisting them there.

“What we heard was that, last week Thursday, he said he wanted to check on a customer who did a PoS transaction, apparently may be there was something to sort out about the transaction but the boy never came back.

“The boy and his mother lived at Olasunkanmi community and so the Community Development Association reported the matter to the Divisional Police Officer at Obantoko Station.

“The DPO informed the police at Adigbe and Lafenwa but it was the boy’s corpse that was found at Kotogbo community just beside Olasunkanmi on Monday. The two communities are inside Asero Estate, Abeokuta. It is suspected to be a case of ritual killing because the boy’s eyes were plucked while his wrists were also cut off. It’s an incident that has thrown residents into mourning.”

When contacted for reaction, the spokesperson for the state police command, SP Omolola Odutola, said  she would check and get back to our correspondent.

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