Between Saturday, March 22nd and 25th, the peaceful city of Ibadan was thrown into upscale horrendous happenings.
First, it was the discovery of the forest of deaths found somewhere along Soka where several people have been killed for rituals and several others kept for an uncertain future.
The forest was indeed that of deaths as several decomposing bodies were found and a deep well with several human parts was also discovered, this discovery had put the area on the world least as many experts have come from some parts of the world to see for themselves and to conduct research on the den of ritualists.
The city is now charged as youths have vowed to kill any lunatic found with any incriminating object as a result of a ‘mad’ man who was also found with human tongues and breasts around Oni and son’s area of Ring Road in Ibadan, other items found on him was four blackberry phones, an undisclosed amount of money while residents and passersby had descended on him before he was rescued by the police for further interrogation.
With all this development majority of the people, who were at the scene of the discovery stated that the den could be linked up to the camp of the self acclaimed perfect living master, Sat Guru Maharaji who owns the self acclaimed holy land.
This may be as a result of the incessant auto accident which had been occurring very close to the camp of Maharaji.
Apart from this, immediately the discovery was made, irate youths in the area have vowed to demolish the site of Guru but were not certain of what would be their fate should they attempt to do so.
Before now, First Weekly Magazine gathered that the forest had been in existence for a very long time, while it was also gathered that a late prominent radio presenter, Kola Olawuyi had revealed the atrocities been committed at the house of horror.
We gathered that his death could also be linked to the proclamation as he was alleged to be saying then that some powerful citizens were prevailing on him not to mention anything about the forest.
Apart from Guru who was highly linked to the forest, residents of the city were of the opinion that the forthcoming elections could be the cause of the discovery because so many negative issues are always identified with elections in the state, this could be corroborated with another ‘mad’ man who was caught with bail of 1000 Naira notes, posters of a political party and a blackberry phone.
The lunatic was said to have swallowed the sim card in the phone to avoid exposing those behind the deal; he was still in the custody of the police as at the time of filling this report.
It will be recalled that a former governor in the state was also alleged to be supplying apples to youths which made them to disappear during the last election.
But while honoring an invitation of the Oyo State wing of Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), Sat Guru Maharaji stated that those who indicted him wanted to spoil his name, and that he as the ‘savior ‘ of the world could not have been involved in ritual killing.
“I am the perfect living master I could not have been involved in killing my people whom I am to protect for ritual as the living master. I am the one who made the discovery known to the people,” he said.
Meanwhile the Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi had ordered the immediate revocation of the land, where the forest is situated with a promise to use it for good purposes, while demolition of the site began immediately.
It would be recalled that the discovery of the killers’ den was made opened through a phone call by an okada (motorcycle) rider, who was abducted by the rutualists.
The latest development about the site now was that the demolition was reported to have been stopped to allow some forensic experts carry out investigations about the site, a development which is not acceptable to the people, who alleged that the state government has some questions to answer on why it stopped the demolition.
Visibly worried by the gory scene at the forest, where several people had been held hostage by the kidnappers at Soka area on the Lagos Ibadan Expressway, Governor Ajimobi called for a minute silence for the repose of the souls of those who died in the kidnappers’ den.
While describing the incident as most unfortunate, Governor Ajimobi announced the immediate revocation of the C of O’s of the expansive forest and directed that the bush should be cleared.
How Police Uncovered The Ibadan forest
Residents of Soka, a community along Lagos/ Ibadan expressway in the outskirts of Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, was shocked to the marrows as no fewer than 20 decomposed bodies and hundreds of human beings’ skulls were discovered in an underground dungeon in the area.
The shocking discovery which attracted scores of people included about 18 males and five females, looking skinned with chains on their legs.
It was learnt that one of the women was said to have been delivered of a baby early yesterday, but the infant was sold.
The woman was brought out of the bush having stains of blood on her.
When asked to explain how she got to the place, she uttered few words and fainted.
About nine of them were lying on the ground, very weak and unable to speak while there were skulls of human heads, bones and other parts found in the bush. It was a forest of death as there were also open graves where bodies were dumped.
It was gathered that the bush was where human parts were freely sold to people who often come to the area at night.
A source told journalists that some Fulani herdsmen were usually seen in the bush grazing their cattle.
One of the suspects, Akeem Isiaka (38) was arrested at the scene and taken away by security agents to Sanyo Police station.
Inside the bush were bodies dumped in some open containers and some, inside deep, dry wells.
In one of the buildings, there was an abandoned factory where the captives were reportedly being slaughtered and sold in parts to their clients while there were also clots of blood on the floor of the room and a platform built by wooden plank.
Some mechanics around the area while speaking with journalists, said many high profile people usually visit the area, especially in the night, to patronise their clients.
When contacted, the Oyo State Police Public Relations Officer, Olabisi Clet- Ilobanafor, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, said some arrests were made yesterday but the prime suspect is still at large.
According to her, the command has started investigation into the matter while some security personnel have been drafted to the scene to prevent the people from taking the law into their hands.
Soka Ritual Factory Update: OPC Vows To Uncover ‘Ibadan Evil Dungeon’ Where 9 Others Are Still In Captivity
There may be a spiritual approach to uncovering the whereabouts of the commercial motorcyclist, whose distress call led to the discovery of the Soka “forest of horror” in Ibadan, Oyo State. It is believed that the commercial motorcyclist and eight others are still in captivity.
The Yoruba militia group, Oodua Peoples’ Congress (OPC), said last week that the place, where the victims are being held could not be visible to the ordinary eyes.
It vowed to use “every means available” to discover the “hidden dungeon where more victims are being held on the premises”.
An OPC chieftain in Ibadan Rotimi Olumo told reporters that the group is working hard to uncover the purported cellar where the missing motorcyclist was phoning from.
“There are strong indications that some people might still be trapped there because the missing motorcyclist who phoned his wife and friends said he heard the voices of his friends who were looking for him from the place where he was kept underground.
“He claimed that there were eight others with him in a place there that has not been discovered. His family members and those of the other victims are in anguish.
“The fact about it is that such places cannot be seen by ordinary eyes and that is why we cannot fold our arms. We are taking serious steps and making deep consultations in the other realm to uncover the hidden place and the people behind the horrible act.”
Olumo, who is the OPC Chairman in Ibadan and lives in the neighbourhood of the Soka den, said the OPC at the national level has signified interest to wade into the matter. He said: “If Boko Haram is not disturbing us in the region, why should we allow ritualists to make Ibadan, a peaceful city, a danger zone.”
Coffins, Students’ Identity Cards Discovered In Ritualists’ Den In Ogun
Barely 24 hours after the discovery of an alleged ritualists’ den in Ewekoro Local Government area of Ogun State, residents of Akinremi Estate in Adigbe Community, Abeokuta, have uncovered another alleged operational base belonging to another group of alleged ritualists.
The police from the Adigbe Division in Abeokuta, however, arrested a woman believed to be the wife of the suspected owner of the house and rescued three pregnant women as well as three children aged between two and four years old from the alleged ritualists’ base.
Angered by the shocking discovery, hundreds of irate youths trooped to the area to catch a glimpse of the alleged ritualists’ base, before setting the building ablaze.
Some residents of the estate told newsmen that one of the victims had, late last weekWednesday, escaped from the house, ran into another building located about 200 meters away and pleaded frantically with the occupants to save her from her assailants.
The woman, who they said hailed from Abia State, was said to have informed the occupants of the building where she sought refuge that her elder sister sold her and her unborn child to the “people in that house” at the cost of N100, 000.
It was further gathered that the lady, who was just three days old in the den, alleged that her captors earlier told her that she would not be allowed to go until she delivered the baby for which her aunt had been paid.
Following the woman’s shocking revelations, her new hosts ran to inform the police, who resultantly raided the premises at about 11 pm on Wednesday.
As news of the discovery filtered into the Abeokuta metropolis, a mob mostly made up of students of the Moshood Abiola Polytechnic (MAPOLY), Ojere, Abeokuta, stormed the duplex in search of “a food warmer and a 20-litre jerry-can filled with fresh human blood” and used by the alleged ritualists.
After a thorough search of the building, the youths emerged with several items suspected to be ritual objects, including an ivory plate containing fresh blood, a coffin, a human image made of wood, a live scorpion, assorted charms and a number of other ritual items.
Also discovered in the house were international e-passports, identity cards of junior and senior secondary school students of the Sacred Heart Catholic College, Oke –Ilewo, who, according to unconfirmed reports, might have been victims of the suspected ritualists.
Besides the house, the mob also set ablaze two vehicles – a Toyota Camry salon car marked (Lagos) EKY 942 AJ and a Mitsubushi salon car marked (Lagos) AGL 971 BH – parked within the premises.
The fire would have raged on, but for the intervention of officials of the Ogun State Fire Service who rushed to put off the fire.
Policemen who had earlier stayed aloof and watched the angry youths suddenly started to fire live ammunition and tear gas to disperse the restive crowd, as police armoured personnel carriers were also deployed in the area and a large number of the mobsters were whisked away to the command headquarters in Eleweran, Abeokuta.
The command’s Deputy Public Relations Officer, ASP Abimbola Oyeyemi, gave the names of the rescued victims as Jennifer Goodluck, who is nursing a two-month old baby and Oluchi, a heavily pregnant woman.
The state Commissioner of Police, Ikemefuna Okoye, who later undertook an on-the-spot assessment of the area urged residents to be “vigilant, particularly about their neighbours”.
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