Sacrilege, occultism, ritual killings, kidnappings, trading in human parts and such other unprintable phenomena are no longer fictions, but realities Lagosians have come to live with on daily basis.
The latest brand of ritual killings in Lagos, a sad reminder and reminiscent of Clifford Orji, the man who feigned madness in order to perpetrate his nefarious crimes of kidnapping, ritual killings and cult activities reverberated a week ago.
While Clifford built a human slaughter house under the very popular Toyota Bus-stop along Oshodi/Apapa Expressway in Lagos, the fresh and most recent ritualists’ abattoir was domiciled at Obadeyi Ajala Street, Ijaiye, in the densely populated area of the Lagos-Abeokuta expressway. The tunnel is located very close to a canal.
As that was going on, another den has yet been discovered at Ile Zik Bus-stop of the Ikeja-along road. The den which is a drainage tunnel at the middle demarcation in-between the junction connecting Agege and Ikeja along was where this evil conduit was found.
The den was discovered in the early hours of Thursday, leading to the uncovering of several human parts sealed up in sachets and labelled to have semblance with frozen foods. Residents and commuters within the Ile Zik and environs also claimed that this same tunnel leads to another opening-end at ‘National’ bus stop in Agege area of Lagos state. Some decomposing human parts and other clothing materials of victims were gathered from the underground tunnel and were set ablaze.
The Nigerian police and some security operatives stepped up their game. An eyewitness said the Police exposed tear gas into the tunnel at Ile Zik, hence it created breathing difficulty for anyone within the tunnel which eventually led to nabbing one of the suspects. Also a mad man and one other suspect who were alleged to have been a master mind of the operations in this evil tunnel were arrested.
In the case of Obadeyi Ajala Street, Ijaiye the residents had no inkling that such heinous and inhuman business was going on under their very nose. Nevertheless the discovery provided answers to the mystery of disappearances of persons in the area and beyond.
Reports have it that a female sweeper who heard the horrific cry of a victim screaming for help from an underground tunnel, which linked to a canal at Obadeyi Street exposed the den, located beside the main road at the popular Obadeyi bus-stop, Ijaiye. However, before rescue could come, the woman who cried for assistance had been murdered, but her little baby was rescued.
Part of materials discovered in the tunnel by soldiers were different body parts and many routes linking to the canal. Other items recovered from the shrine included charms, carvings, white clothes stained with blood as well as native soap.
A man belonging to the group was also arrested. He has confessed to being part of a 28-member group operating under the canal.
Residents of Ijaiye, Ahmadiyya and Abule-Egba areas of Lagos State are yet to overcome the shock.
A source said the crowd allegedly set ablaze one of the suspects but surprisingly to them, fire was burning all over his clothes but he appeared unhurt.
The eyewitness said: “The ritualist said that no one can do him any harm. Even some people tried cutting him with machetes and all sorts of weapons but he still wasn’t hurt.”
According to an eyewitness account, the suspected ritual killers allegedly target pedestrians crossing or plying the road early in the morning and late at night, as the den is just about 50 metres away from the pedestrian bridge. They then dragged their victims into the manhole, which stretches along the expressway, where they are eventually killed. Dismembered bodies were evacuated from the scene.
The discovery led to pandemonium, as irate residents stormed the scene to rescue the victims and apprehend the ritualists. Though people were scared to go inside the hole, yet efforts made by those who went inside led to two suspects being brought out, but were whisked away by the police. Angered by the move, two more suspects who were found, the mob overpowered the police and burnt them alive.
On their part, the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Olarinde Famous-Cole, who confirmed the incident, said only one person was arrested.
“We are still investigating the matter. It is too early to say if it is an actual case of ritual killing. We shall make our findings known to the public at the end of the investigation.”
Meanwhile, a policeman who claimed to have participated in the operation, said two persons were rescued, adding that those rescued were taken away by the officers who were determined to get to the root of the discovery.