Protest At Ritualist’s Den In Edo
BENIN CITY – Commercial motorcyclists in Egor Local Government Area of Edo State, and youths have protested the presence of a ritualist den at a forest in a boundary between Ogheghe and Egbaen villages.
Both villages are located on the Benin-Iguobazuwa road.
The Okada riders set up a barricade after the body of one of their colleagues was found dead in the bush.
They were said to have identified a suspect, who hired the dead colleague two days earlier.
When the suspect requested another Okada rider, The Nation learnt that the riders followed the suspect and cornered him when he was about entering the bush.
A source said together with some youths, the riders beat up the suspect.
He was said to have taken them to where he dumped the body and named other accomplices, including a birth attendant.
Policemen prevented the mob from lynching the suspect.
Some witnesses said the bush was filled with dead bodies and clothing.
One of them, Felix Okhuogha, said he saw decomposed bodies and skeletons when he joined a search party into the bush.
His words: “I was in my store one day when somebody came to tell me that he saw a man tied down in the bush. We went there and saw the man who I later discovered to be a brother to my landlord.
“I asked him what happened, he said a man tied him at gun point and took his motorcycle away. I brought him to the road and allowed him to explain to people.
“I saw dead bodies inside the bush. It was terrible. The whole place was smelling. The police should do something about it.”
A motorcyclist, who pleaded anonymity, said they decided to comb the bush following several incidents of missing persons.
“Our people are missing everyday. On Saturday, we entered the bush and found the body of a man that was missing four days ago. The man we caught has killed many.’’
Commissioner of Police Babatunde Kokumo said the suspect was arrested in connection to murder and not ritual killing.
Kokumo said that the suspect would have been lynched, if the police had not acted swiftly.
He said there was nothing like ritual killing.
“There was nothing like mass killing in Egor. No bodies have been seen. The police arrested a suspect for murder and we are doing further investigation,” he said.
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