A suspected den of kidnappers and ritual killers has been uncovered inside a tunnel in the Sari-Iganmu area of Lagos, along Orile-Badagry Expressway. Body parts as well as personal effects such as school uniforms, small-size socks, diapers among others, were reportedly found in the den.
The tunnel according to Punch, is in front of Araromi Secondary School, a public school in the community. Two suspects arrested inside the tunnel were reportedly burnt to death while two others were said to have been handed over to the Orile-Iganmu Police Station, Punch reports.
Residents, who spoke to Punch on Friday, gave different accounts of how the spot was uncovered. A landlord, who gave his name only as Olajide, stated that a teenage bread seller was hawking along the expressway around 5pm on Tuesday when she sighted some men roaming suspiciously in the tunnel. She was said to have raised the alarm which made youths to storm the canal.
Olajide said some members of Oodua Peoples Congress joined in the search and found some ramshackle structures containing mattresses and televisions.
He explained, “The OPC members had been suspecting that whenever they were chasing thieves in the evening from Alafia bus stop along the expressway, the suspects would disappear around the tunnel. On Tuesday, a bread seller was passing through the spot when she accidentally saw some persons inside the tunnel which linked to the other side of the road and connected several drainage channels.
“The entrance to that tunnel is narrow but it is wide inside. She alerted some people who entered the tunnel and found mattresses, televisions and other home appliances. Two suspects were arrested that day and a mob burnt one of them. The other suspect was rescued and handed over to the police.” He said people resumed the search on Wednesday and picked up another two suspects – a youth and an elderly man – while decayed body parts were found.
He added, “They set ablaze the youth and spared the elderly man, believing that he would confess. He was handed over to the officials of the Lagos State Neighbourhood Corps. They found N17,000 crisp naira notes on him and took him to the police station. I learnt body parts and skulls were also found inside the tunnel.”
“Today (Friday), many school uniforms, socks, clothes, diapers were found there. There is tension in the community. The spot is always crowded since Tuesday when it was discovered.”
A resident, who gave his name as Segun, told Vanguard that “a man who was seen around the tunnel on Tuesday, suddenly disappeared.
During a search for the missing man, the tunnel was discovered. The search team said they saw a man inside the tunnel and invited the Odua Peoples Congress members.
Meanwhile report by Saranreporters revealed that the police have begun an investigation into the discovery of a tunnel in Orile area of Lagos State, allegedly to be used by ritualists. After the news went around the densely-populated Orile and its environs on Wednesday that dismembered human parts were discovered inside the School Bus Stop tunnel.
Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, CSP Olumiyiwa Adejobi, condemned the suspect’s jungle justice. Though he confirmed that clothing was recovered inside the tunnel, he noted that no human part was found on the suspect rescued by the Police.
Adejobi identified the suspect found in the tunnel, with the Lagos Police as Kayode Ojo, 50, from Akoko, Ondo State, without a fixed address.
He said: “He was arrested at the scene and brought to us by 12.30 pm on Wednesday. They alleged he was a ritualist and was found with a human skull. But we did not see him in possession of any human parts.
“In the process of making preliminary findings from him, reports reached us that another man found there was lynched and set ablaze. They said he was also found in possession of a human heart.
“The suspect with us will be transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department to ascertain whether what was found with him are human parts. We are going to conduct a scientific investigation.
“The command condemns jungle justice. We appeal to residents of the area to allow the police to investigate the matter.
“Clothes were found in the tunnel. We are going to carry out a thorough investigation to ascertain the real account of the matter.
“The Commissioner of Police has ordered the Area ‘C’ Commander to fortify security in the area,” Adejobi said.