A middle-aged man suspected to be a ritualist has been reportedly set ablaze for allegedly turning two students into tubers of yam in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.
It was gathered that the suspect whose video has gone viral on social media, and whose name could not be ascertained, was killed and set ablaze on Friday.
Meanwhile, the Oyo State government has debunked the news, saying no pupil was turned to yam tubers.
The man, who was confirmed to be a mentally deranged person was alleged to have turned two pupils of Bashorun High School into tubers of yam, which resulted in a mob attack by some irate youths in the area that almost took his life.
The Commissioner for Education, AdulRahman Abdu-Raheem, who confirmed this to journalists, said investigations carried out showed that the suspect was just a victim of circumstance.
The Commissioner, who visited the school of the said students said there was no record of any missing students, describing the incident as a mere figment of the imagination.
He assured parents and residents to go about their normal businesses and ignore the rumour.
It was gathered that it was earlier reported that the said man dropped a certain amount of money on the ground which the children reportedly picked and turned into two tubers of yam.
Newsmen spoke with the man who also denied turning anyone into tubers of yam. He said, “I don’t believe human beings could be turned into a yam, I was sent by grandma to drop the yams found in my possession and diapers to her children,” he said.
On getting to her house, the grandma also confirmed that she was the one that sent the man on an errand. She also confirmed that the man is a mentally deranged person.
She said, “I was the one who sent Tope Aluko to go and help me deliver two tubers of yam and two diapers to my children in the hospital. My son has been hospitalized for a while. Though Tope is mentally imbalanced, he is our driver. I even told him to go in the afternoon but he refused, he decided to go this early morning.”
The tubers of yam and diapers were found in the room of the grandma.
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