A suspected ritualist den has been discovered by men of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps NSCDC, at the Aleyo settlement on Ojoko Road, in the Asa Local Government Area of Kwara State.
According to the state Commandant of the NSCDC, Ayinla Adeyinka, who spoke through the command’s Public Relations Officer, Ayodele Bello, the agency carried out a raid on the den following a petition by one Muminu Abdulrahman who had fallen victims of the suspected ritualists.
Two suspects, 54-year-old Kazeem Absdulsalam of Omu-Aran, in the Irepodun LGA, and 36-year-old Adamu Hussein of Marafa Oja, in the Ilorin East LGA, were apprehended at the scene.
“It was a case of ritual activities and money doubling under false pretences and extortion. The complainant filed the case on March 24, 2018. He said about N5m had been extorted from him. When we got there, we saw some gory scenes at the shrines. Among the things we saw were the Alaragbo shrine, Abiku shrine, Iguni shrine, Baba Esu shrine, Baba Agba shrine and a lot of other things. The sight was appalling. From our investigation, it was clear that they had been carrying out ritual activities and collecting money from their victims under false pretences. Investigation is still ongoing; the complainant is with us. We are still unravelling the mysteries surrounding the incident. The prime suspect, Mr. Kazeem Abdulsalam, confessed that he asked the complainant to provide N280,000 to appease the gods. The complainant fell victim to them because he had been entreating the gods through them before now. Maybe he was able to record breakthroughs in the past and he still believed he could do it again.” he said
When interrogated, one of the suspects, Abdulsalam, denied that he was a ritual killer.