Black Soap: Osun state in news again for Ritual

Atmosphere at Ofatedo area of Osogbo, Osun State capital was tensed following the sudden death of three persons from the same family in a hospital located in the area.


The deceased are a pregnant woman, Basirat Anifowose, 28; mother-in-law, Rasidat Mufutau 60; and a nine-month-old baby, Abdulramon Afolabi. They reportedly died after they they used a black soap given to them by a doctor.


It was gathered that the three persons had visited the hospital owned and operated by a Pastor of Cherubim and Seraphim church, Olaniyi Taiwo.


That the three of them slept in the same hospital room on Monday night and three of them did not wake on Tuesday.


The mother of the 9-month-old baby, Fatima Afolabi, 30, who also slept in the same room with the deceased only woke up on Tuesday.


Anifowose, a six-month-old pregnant woman, was a mother of three.

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Black Soap: Osun state in news again for Ritual
Black Soap: Osun state in news again for Ritual

It was learnt that the 60-year-old mother-in-law was sick and was admitted to the hospital where she was diagnosed and was being treated with diabetes and cough last Thursday while her nursing daughter, Fatima and her pregnant daughter-in-law were taken care of in the hospital.


Taiwo who is a founder of Ona Iwa Mimo, Cherubim and Seraphim behind Olofa Grammar School, Ofatedo, Osogbo also operates the hospital in the same compound.


According to Fatima, the pastor gave them a local black soap to bathe on Monday evening.

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“He gave us a local black soap to bath my son, my mother, who is sick, the brother’s wife but ordered me not to use the soap.


“I slept on a chair, I noticed my son is not breathing when I woke and quickly call the doctor to check him and he confirmed to me that he is dead, that was when we noticed others, my mother and my brother’s wife were dead too,” Fatima said.


Also, speaking, Olalekan Anifowose, the husband of a deceased pregnant woman said he had paid N65,000 out of N90,000 requested by the doctor for his mother’s treatment.

Anifowose said he left his wife to sleep in the hospital with her mother while he was taking care of her children.

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Confirming the incident for the Police, SP Yemisi Opalola said the suspects, Taiwo and his wife, Kemi, 28, have been arrested.


She said the suspects have made some confessions which have helped police in making some other arrests too.


“Investigation is ongoing, the suspects have made some confession which is aiding police investigation and making another arrest,” she said.

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