A ritualist, Tunde Olayiwola, who was in police custody in Akure over alleged possession of a human skull slumped and died on Saturday, the police said on Sunday.

The police spokesperson, Olufunmilayo Odunlami, who confirmed the death of the suspect on Sunday, denied that he was beaten or tortured to death.

Ms Odunlami said that the suspect was behaving ‘strangely’ on Saturday evening and was rushed to a hospital where he was later confirmed dead.

“Even in the hospital there was no sign or mark of violence on his body; he was not tortured.

“He couldn’t have been tortured because the truth of his complicity was already in the open.

“Those who were present when Olayiwola was paraded before newsmen (reporters) would have noticed that he was not tortured,’’ Ms Odunlami said.