Kidnappers, ritualists’ den found near Ondo Assembly complex

A two-storeyed building suspected to be a hideout of kidnappers and ritual killers was on Monday discovered in Alagbaka, Akure, the Ondo State capital.

The uncompleted building is located a few metres away from the Ondo State House of Assembly complex.

It was said to be owned by an unidentified retired civil servant, Punch reports.

The den was discovered by the residents of the area who claimed that some men were always inside the building performing secret activities on a daily basis.

A resident of the area, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that the building had been abandoned for a long time and many residents of the area did not know the owner.

He explained that a security operative attached to one of the buildings in the area shot a bird on a tree beside the suspected ritual killers’ den. On hearing the sound of the gun, some men reportedly rushed out from the building and fled.

He said, “The suspects probably thought that the gunshot was from policemen who came for them. They fled, but some motorcycle riders in the area chased and arrested four of them, who were handed over to the police.”

The Ondo State Police Public Relations Officer, Femi Joseph, who confirmed the development, said some suspects had been arrested in connection with the case.

He said, “We have arrested a number of suspects and we are currently interrogating them. It is after the interrogation and investigation that we can conclude whether they are suspected ritual killers or not.”

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