An Islamic cleric, Taiye Bamidele, fondly called Alfa,
has died after consuming herbal mixure in the FESTAC
area of Lagos State.
The 24-year-old was said to have first acted strangely
and behaved violently before dying on Saturday.
PUNCH Metro learnt that a day to the incident, he had
complained to his friend, Akintunde Akinwunmi, that
he was ill.Akinwunmi was said to have gone to a herb
vendor around the area, who sold the herbal mixture
It was learnt that shortly after taking the concoction,
he started laughing hysterically.He reportedly died
Our correspondent learnt that the police had arrested
Akinwunmi and the herb seller.
A police source said Taiye was resident in Ondo State
and had come to Lagos on a visit when tragedy
“There are three friends involved in this
case. The deceased lived in Ondo State,
while the other two are living in
Lagos.The two in Lagos travelled to
Ondo to join Taiye for the naming
ceremony of another friend, who was
living in Idi-Iroko.All the three friends
returned to Lagos on Thursday, last
week.The following day, which was
Friday, Taiye said he had a stomach
upset and they went to get him some
herbs to treat the ailment.”
It was learnt that he was served a mixture of jedi-jedi
and ‘small leaf’ which were soaked in alcohol.
Our correspondent learnt that after the victim took the
drink, he started acting strangely.
A relative said his friends stated that he was laughing
hysterically and talking out of senses.
“He started by laughing at everything
they were saying and they didn’t
understand what was happening.Later,
he touched the private parts of one of
them. When they tried to hold him, he
ran out of the house.”
In the process of running, it was gathered that Taiye
fell and injured himself in the head.
He was said to have continued his flight, but was later
found with the security men at the entrance into the
estate. The men explained to his friends that Alfa had
lost his mind.The security guards reportedly chained
Alfa and handed him over to his friends.
Our correspondent was told that he gave up the ghost
early Saturday morning.A source said
“Around 3am on Saturday, he died.
People called his name, shook him, but
he did not respond.”
The herb seller, Bilikisu Ayilara, said she did not know
anything about the death of the victim.
“I have been selling herbs for a long
time and I have never had problems.I
don’t know the man that died. His friend
usually patronised me. He came that
day and said his friend had a stomach
“I gave him jedi-jedi and small leaf and
that was all. It was later I learnt the
man who took it ran mad and died. I am
The victim’s father, Olaiya, appealed to the police to
release his son’s corpse to him.He said he was not
ready to pursue a case against the suspects.
“I don’t think it was the herb that killed
my son. Although he did not have any
mental problem before coming to Lagos
with his friends, he died because it was
“All I am interested in is for the police to
release the corpse of my son to me and
release the suspects.”