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Benin Ritualists Ransack Over 100 Graves; Steal Organs & Skulls From Tombs

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Dec 2nd, 2012 – Benin Republic Ritualists Ransack Over 100 Graves; Steal Organs & Skulls From Tombs

Tomb raiders have dug up more than 100 graves at a cemetery in Benin Republic, since Saturday for what authorities suspect is a black-market trade in human organs and skulls, for voodoo ritual fetishes.

The incident is the most serious case of grave-robbing in the West African state, the world capital of voodoo where most of the country’s 9 million residents practice a benign form of the official religion.

Authorities in Dangbo, a village 10 km (6 miles) from the capital Porto-Novo (Benin Republic) began an investigation after a mason working at the cemetery said he spotted several masked men digging up the graves, from which organs and skulls were removed.

“The desecration of graves is about money in this region,” said Joseph Afaton, director of the cemetery. “It is for sacrifices, or for bewitching.”

Body parts of humans and rare animals are prized by some people in central Africa for their supposed supernatural powers, and are used in occult ceremonies. Traffickers often obtain human remains from grave robbers, but a recent spate of killings has also been linked to the gruesome trade.

Authorities in Cameroon in September arrested five people suspected of trafficking human body parts after they were discovered at a checkpoint carrying a severed human head. (Credit: Reuters)

Eyah these people are digging their own graves.



  1. Paulson

    December 2, 2012 at 7:40 PM

    Not everyone that will be rich

  2. Eze martins

    December 2, 2012 at 10:01 PM

    Madnes! let them get a beta job to do


    December 2, 2012 at 10:14 PM

    Is this Story for Edo State of Benin in Cotonu. Pls read yr Lines well so that you dont Confuse the Readers

  4. Amityboy

    December 3, 2012 at 12:15 AM

    Nawwaooo just bcos of money

  5. mulikatcardoso

    December 3, 2012 at 5:57 AM

    Pls is not Benin City Edo state for God sake,dont confuse people,is Benin Republic Contonu,thank God, i know we Nigeria are bad,i thank God this time,this bad news is not from Nigeria.

  6. Nenye Chinenye

    December 5, 2012 at 6:47 AM

    d long arm of d law ve finally caught d evil doers.

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