Pastor Claims Poverty Made Him Kill Lady For Ritual Purposes

A clergyman, who serves as pastor of a Kogi-based church, the Voice of Canaan Church, Cherubim and Seraphim, Azuri-Okene, in Adavi Local Government Area of the state, have been arrested after he allegedly killed a prostitute for ritual purpose.
The suspect, Otaru Olusegun, The Guardian reports claimed he did so due to poverty. 
He confessed to have killed Mercy Moses, a commercial sex worker at Hollywood Hotel in Azuri community with the hope of raising N2.5 million from the ritual before he was arrested.
The pastor who was paraded with two of his accomplices, Yakubu Abdulmuminu and Samuel Olusegun at the state police command in Lokoja yesterday said he learnt the art and trade of money making ritual from his master at Abeokuta in Ogun State many years back.
Prophet Otaru, who pastors about 20 people before his arrest, said the church began many years ago, adding that the killing of the said prostitute for ritual marked the third time he was failing.
In earlier attempts, the 45-year-old prophet said he got his raw materials from burial ground by exhuming dead bodies, and got the recommended parts, which did not yield positive outcomes.
He confirmed sending two of his pastors, Samuel Olusegun, Yakubu Abdulmuminu and one Stephen who is at large to lure any prostitute for the money ritual. Otaru said one of his boys strangulated Mercy to death, stressing that they cut her body into pieces to ease their operation.
According to the police command Public Relation Officer, ASP Williams Aya, the three suspected ritualists were apprehended after a tip-off, adding that the command has recovered the body of the deceased from the suspects in pieces : head, legs, body and hands.
He said three suspects connected with the crime have been arrested, adding that they had confessed to the crime. He said the police is on the trail of the fourth suspect who is on the run.