*Suspects claim it’s location to shoot film
James Sowole in Akure
Youths of Ago Oyinbo community in Okitipupa Local Government area of Ondo State have demolished a mud building suspected to be a kidnappers’ den while the suspected ritualists have been arrested by men of the Igbotako Division of the Ondo State Police Command.
Reports from residents of the community said the suspects had been using the place for their devilish activities for the past three years without any hindrance as they had claimed they were using it as a location to shoot film.
Items found at the site located few kilometres from Benin-Ore-Ijebu-Ode Expressway were cow horns, different types of clothes reportedly belonging to some of the victims of the alleged kidnappers, palm fronds, bottles of gin, calabashes, ‘Ghana must go’ bags, among others .
Speaking to journalists, the Baale of the Ago Oyinbo, Chief Moyebi
Okeowo explained that the shrine gradually started in 2012 when the suspects came to him to beg for a space in the village which they
wanted to use for a location to shoot film.
On the request, the community head said he instructed somebody to take the people to the owner of the land not knowing that they wanted to use the place for another purpose.
He said : ” When they came to me to beg for a piece of land to shoot
their film, I told them I am not the owner of the land and I took them
to the brother of the landlord of the land who then took them to the
wife of the landlord in Akure.
“So I learnt they were authorised by the wife of the landlord to be
using the land and since then they have been using the land. When I
did not know what they were using the land for, I told their leader to
go and report their activities to the police and he later informed me
that he had done so.”
The old man stated further that he was unaware of the nefarious
activities of the suspects until last Monday when he got the
information that the suspects were using human beings for sacrifice
on the land.
Also speaking on the issue, the Principal of Community Grammar
School, Kajola , Mr Joseph Edosama disclosed that two of the
security guards of the school were among the suspects, for conspiring
with the suspected kidnappers .