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Saturday , 19 August 2017

Another Den discovered in Lagos,Police say no to jungle justice

There was confusion at the Ile Zik bus stop, along the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway on Thursday after a suspected kidnappers’ den was uncovered around a drainage channel.

It was learnt that two “mentally-ill” persons and two others found around the spot were picked up by the police.

Decomposed human intestines, a kidney, as well as items such as a cutlass, pairs of slippers, underwear, clothes, condoms, among others, were allegedly discovered in some black spots linking the drains.

The discovery came barely 48 hours after a similar den was uncovered at Obadeyi bus stop along the same expressway.

Residents had seen some persons in tattered clothes at about 1pm hovering around a spot, where a bag covered with black nylon was kept.

It was gathered that the “mad man” took to his heels as the residents confronted his female counterparts with enquiries on their mission in the area.

A resident, who gave his name only as Joshua, said the fleeing suspect confirmed their suspicion and made them to search the spots around the drains, during which the items were uncovered.

He said, “We saw a woman who dressed like a mad person loitering around the drains and we challenged her. At a spot, we saw a bag covered with black nylon. We found some plastic bottles in the bag. While we were emptying the bag and questioning the woman, we saw another ‘mad man’ close to the area. He tried to run away, but people gave him a chase and arrested him.

“While questioning and beating them, policemen came and took them away. We discovered something wrapped in nylon inside the bag. When we opened it, we saw a human kidney and intestines. They were later set ablaze.”

Another witness, Bayo George, said the ‘mad woman’ was popularly called Iya Ibadan and had been staying around the area for long, adding that residents had been monitoring her movement since the Obadeyi incident.

“Yesterday (Wednesday), people challenged her and while talking to her, they discovered a lot of new items in one of the bags she covered with tyres. The other man usually sits around this area too.

“Today (Thursday), we approached her again to ask her some questions and in the process, she ran into hiding in a bush along the drains. We brought her out with some nylons.

“When we emptied the contents of the nylons, we saw new and old female items like pants, bra, toothbrush, lip sticks, bags, a small Bible, comb, cosmetics, a sachet tomato, keys, pairs of shoes, cigarette, glass cup, drinks, and other items.”

One Gbenga Folawiyo said two receipts of drug prescriptions bearing the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital,Ikeja, for a five-year-old, were recovered from her.

He said, “The registration number on one of the receipts is 062181. The two drug descriptions were dated June 28 and July 3, 2017 with N4,800 and N9,600 written on the two receipts respectively.

“N11,500 was boldly written on a paper and placed on the top of the nylon that contained the human parts. Three other persons were also arrested and taken to the Isokoko Police Station. Criminal activities have been on in this area for many years.”

A lady, who did not disclose her name, said she narrowly escaped from some suspected kidnappers at the bus stop two weeks ago.

“I boarded a bus at Ikeja and a few minutes later, I discovered that a lot of people inside the bus had slept off as we were about to reach Ile Zik. I started shouting and the conductor was surprised that I was not asleep.

“When they noticed that a car was coming behind us, they turned back at Ile-Zik and went to stop the car at National bus stop. Immediately they stopped the car, the passengers woke up. I gave testimony in church last week to appreciate God,” she said.

The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Olarinde Famous-Cole, said the police would investigate the incident.

He said, “We swung into action to protect some people from jungle justice. Most of these people are destitute; they live anywhere. It is unfair; let us investigate and come up with our findings. If truly they found human parts, what was the essence of setting them ablaze?”

just on Tuesday ,Obadeyi-Ijaiye end of the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway was home to a mammoth crowd on Tuesday following the discovery of a suspected kidnappers’ den in the area.

Clothes, slippers, bags, among other items, were reportedly found in an uncompleted building at the end of a tunnel in the area.

The crowd laid siege to the hideout from 7am till evening, during which five persons, suspected to be kidnappers and ritual killers, were accosted while trying to escape from the tunnel, which was part of  a canal in the area.

Two of them were set ablaze by a mob while policemen rescued three others from the scene.

A highway sweeper with the Lagos State Waste Management Agency was on morning duty when she heard the voice of a woman calling for help from the canal.

The sweeper was said to have raised the alarm, which drew the attention of residents and security guards attached to a bank along the expressway.

The canal linked the two sides of the expressway.

A resident, Bola Salaudeen, explained that as people maintained vigilance at both sides, one of the suspects came out around 8am.

Salaudeen said, “People asked him what he was doing in the canal, but he insisted he would not say anything about his mission there. They demanded to know the whereabouts of the woman calling for help; he said he would never divulge any information even if they killed him.

“Despite the beating he got, he didn’t disclose any information. Some angry boys put a tyre on him and set him ablaze. As the fire raged on, another suspect came out from the other end of the canal. He said they were about 20 in the canal. The policemen did not allow him to say more than that before they took him away. Around 12pm, two other persons fled from the canal. People chased and caught them. They were also rescued by the police.”

A mechanic, who identified himself only as Friday, said some members of the Oodua People’s Congress eventually summoned up courage and went into the canal.

“They discovered that there was a gate in the middle of covered area of the canal. They saw another suspect there. They dragged him out and a mob set him ablaze. We believe more people are still in the canal,” he added.

A man at the scene of the incident saying the abducted woman was almost unconscious by the time she came out and was rushed to a hospital.

He, however, refused to speak further when our correspondent approached him.

But other eyewitnesses, said no woman was rescued.

One of them, Sumbo Kolade, said people wanted to storm an uncompleted building beside the canal after some human effects were discovered there.

He said, “Policemen didn’t allow people to enter the building. New clothes, slippers, bags and some other items were found there. It is possible those items are effects of victims they had abducted.

“The mob threw stones and bottles at the building. In the process, an object hit a man, who wanted to have a glance at the items inside the building. The object inflicted a cut on his back.”

The occupants of the ground floor of a two-storeyed building at the back of the uncompleted building had moved out because of flood.

However, those who live on the other floors declined comments when our correspondent asked if they were aware of any unlawful activities in the vicinity.

A shop owner, Amira Gbadebo, said, “The police should interrogate residents living around that canal. A man who managed to enter the building said he saw bloodstains on some clothes found there. I was surprised that criminals could be hiding in a canal. Their victims are usually people who go out early in the morning and return home late.”

A community leader, who did not want his name in print, said a similar discovery was made at Ahmadiyya bus stop – some distance away from Obadeyi – in 2008.

He said, “When some of the suspects were arrested then, they claimed that they had killed a lot of people and that they supplied their body parts to some highly placed Nigerians.”

As of Tursday, the crowd had not dispersed,and 10 senior police officers are stationed on the scene,with the area coudroned off.

The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, who visited the scene, said the police would carry out scientific investigation on the items recovered, adding that it was too early to say that the tunnel and the building were used for ritual or kidnapping purposes.

He said, “At about 9am, there was a shout from a female in distress under that tunnel. The people in the area contacted the DPO who rushed to the scene.

“The DPO and the crowd removed the woman. While they were doing that, they found out that two persons were also coming out from the tunnel.

“They believed those people were pursuing the woman. When the police wanted to take them into custody, the crowd surged and put fire on them. A policeman was badly injured.

“Reinforcement got there and trailed that tunnel to the building, where they saw clothes and bags. The building looks like a place where criminals share their loot.

“About seven persons that emerged from that building are in custody now. It became necessary that we do a thorough scientific profiling of the place. We have to send our sniffer dogs to the place. We have appealed to the crowd that jungle justice is not the way.”

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