A 30-year-old man, Shehu Gidado, yesterday, told an Iyaganku chief magistrate’s court, Ibadan, that he does not know how a human skull and ribs came into his possession.
Gidado, who resides at Iba New Site, Okokomaiko, Lagos State, is facing a count charge of unlawful possession of human skull.
The prosecutor, Inspector Sunday Fatola, told the court that Gidado on August 7, at about 2:30p.m., along Ogbomoso-Ilorin Road, had in his possession a human skull.
He alleged that the accused was also in possession of two different human ribs without lawful authority.
Fatola told the court that Police operatives at a checkpoint, stopped the commercial bus, and found on the accused the items wrapped in a black polythene bag.
He said: “Materials suspected to be human parts were found in a polythene bag owned by Gidado and he was unable to give satisfactory explanation on how he got them.”
Fatola said the offence contravened the provisions of Section 329 (1) of the Criminal Code Cap 38, Vol. II Laws of Oyo State, 2000.
The accused pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The Chief Magistrate, Mr. Abdulateef Adebisi, granted the accused bail in the sum of N200,000 with two sureties in like sum and adjourned the case until November 20 for hearing.