Sunday, 23 March 2014

Nigeria: Scores of human skulls found in Ibadan

Residents of Oyo State capital on Saturday evening received with shock the discovery of an underground dungeon where hundreds of human skulls were found.

Most of the people who besieged the site, in Soka area in Oluyole local government area of the state, wept when a search party went to the underground located in the state's capital and uncovered several corpses of persons killed inside the dungeon.

As at the time of filing this report, many of such skulls were still being discovered. Apart from hundreds of skulls, human body parts, including decomposed ones, disused clothes, shoes, pictures and voter cards were found at the scene.

It was gathered that the search party was combing the area for nine missing people while 16 people were rescued from the site.

It was gathered that about 20 decomposed bodies were discovered, including about 18 males and five females, looking skinny with chains on their legs.

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; she had stains of blood on her.

When asked to explain how she got to the place, she uttered a few words and fainted. About nine of them were lying on the ground, very weak and unable to speak.

There were human skulls, 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 came to the area at night.

A source informed that some Fulani herdsmen were usually seen in the bush with their cattle.

One Akeem Isiaka (38) was arrested at the scene and taken away by security agents to Sanyo police station .

Inside the bush were the bodies dumped in some open containers and some deep dry wells where their captors dropped them.

In one of the buildings, an abandoned factory where the captives were slaughtered and sold in parts to clients was found.

There were clots of blood on the floor of the room and a platform built by wooden plank. Some mechanics around the area confirmed that many high-profile people usually visited the area especially in the night to patronise their clients.

When contacted , the Oyo State police command spokesperson, Mrs Olabisi Clet-Ilobanafor, said some arrests were made yesterday, but the prime suspect was at large. She, however, declined to mention the number of people arrested.

The police spokesperson said some security personnel have been detailed to the scene to prevent the people from taking the remains.

Every year, hundreds of Nigerians lose their lives to ritual killings.

Their body parts are sold for large sums of money to people who believe they will become more powerful through magical potions containing human flesh and blood.

Sunday 23 March 2014


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