Biodun Owolabi, a 21-year-old bricklayer, has confessed to the murder of his apprentice for alleged money ritual.

Owolabi was arrested alongside his accomplices Festus Simon, 20, and an Alfa for killing a 13-year-old secondary school boy, Quadri Olalekan in Ibadan, Oyo State.

The incident happened on Saturday, October 31, 2020, after they tricked the deceased with a bricklaying work at Iyana Church, Iwo Road, Ibadan. They had been working together as a result of the closure of schools due to COVID-19 lockdown

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However, when the mother could not find him after several hours, she raised the alarm and a search began. Owolabi who initially denied, later confessed to killing the missing child.

He then took members of the community to the place where Olalekan was buried after life was snuffed out of him. The victim’s arms, eyes and penis were missing when the corpse was exhumed.

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The deceased’s 14th birthday was on Sunday and his mother had bought clothes for him to celebrate it. But he was killed a day before his birthday.