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Oyo Governor Ajimobi Revokes Ibadan Ritualists Forest’ C Of O

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Oyo Governor Ajimobi Revokes Ibadan Ritualists Forest’ C Of O

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March 25, 2014 – Oyo State Governor Ajimobi Revokes Soka, Ritualists Forest’ C Of O (Certificate Of Ownership)

Some of the victims rescued from kidnappers’ den at the Soka area of Ibadan, Oyo State, are gradually regaining fitness and mental ability.

Although they have yet to give the accounts of activities in the forest, they could remember events leading to their departure from their normal life.

One of them, Nafiu Shittu, told our correspondent at the Adeoyo State Hospital, Yemetu, Ibadan, that he was a native pile medicine seller with customers in the business districts of Gate and Iwo Road.

Speaking in an almost inaudible whisper and intermittently pausing for breath, he explained that he was at work when he was kidnapped and taken to the forest.

He said, “I am a native of Ibadan, living in the Foko area of the city. I sold pile medicine to people. I was doing the business on the day I was kidnapped about four months ago.

“After going round the area where I had customers, I felt tired and decided to rest in the Gate area. Suddenly, a bus stopped by my side and two men came out and forced me into the back seat of the vehicle. That was all I could remember.

“When I regained consciousness, I saw myself in a room in the forest, chained to a wall. I was too tired to struggle and as the days passed, I became frail because I was not given anything to eat,” he said.

Asked if he was taken there to be treated for mental illness, Nafiu looked up sharply and protested.

“I am not a mad man. I am a normal human being. I was kidnapped and chained in a room throughout my days in captivity.”

Nafiu said he was aware that he was not the only one in the building, adding that what baffled him was that he heard voices of people passing outside the building regularly.

“There were other people, including young and adult women, who cried daily. I saw dead bodies being taken out frequently, but I don’t know if they were killed. Maybe they died of hunger. People moved around the building, but I don’t know if they knew we were there.”

Other victims, Wale Atoyebi from Ada in Osun State and Michael Ola could only give their names, but Titi Dokpesi explained how she got to the forest.

She said she was 45 years, but she had the look of a woman in her 60s.

She said, “I live at Awolowo compound in Oke Bola, Ibadan. I am not mad and I am not an old woman. Two months ago, I was in front of our house when some men grabbed me and said I was under arrest.

“Before I could protest, I was put in a bus and driven away. We did not go to any police station and I still don’t know how we reached the forest. I had N10,000 with me, but they took it. I am 45 years. In the few months I spent there, I aged quickly for lack of care. We were fed once in a week.”

Asked if she was forced to sleep with the men who abducted them and if truly there were women who gave birth in the house, Dokpesi said she was left alone and was too afraid to notice such activity.

“I was kept in the corner of a room, chained to the wall, so I kept to myself. I spent most of the time praying to God. I don’t know if anyone gave birth there, but people were dying,” she added.

Oyo to revoke horror forest’s C of O

Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State, on Monday, led members of the State Executive Council and the security agencies in the state to the kidnappers’ den for an on-the-spot assessment of the forest.

The governor, who was conducted round the forest by security chiefs, expressed sadness at what he called man’s inhumanity to his fellow man.

Ajimobi called for a minute silence and led prayers for the repose of the souls of those who died in the kidnappers’ den.

While describing the incident as most unfortunate, the governor announced the immediate revocation of the Certificates of Occupancy of the expansive forest and directed that the bush be cleared.

He said, “We need to clear this place to ensure easy access to whatever had been transpiring in the forest.

“We will also ensure that the entire area is combed by security agencies to fish out the perpetrators and bring them to book.

“It is surprising that such a thing existed here for a long time. But now, we have decided to revoke all the C of Os of the owners of the land; government is taking it over immediately. Then we will set up a panel of forensic experts; we will get to the root of the matter and we will find out those involved in the act.”

While urging the people to be security conscious, the governor said it was unimaginable that such evil had been going on in the neighbourhood for over 10 years, while the people living in the area had not alerted security agencies about it.

He advised the people in the area to avoid brigandage, thuggery, violence and all anti-social activities, urging them to provide security agencies with necessary information as regards any strange movement within the neighbourhood.

The state Police Commissioner, Mr. Mohammed Ndabawa, also assured the people that whoever was involved in the incident would be arrested and prosecuted.

[Reported by PUNCH Metro]



  1. Wale Ijaya

    March 25, 2014 at 8:39 AM

    Gov ajimobi should not just revoke it pls get d police to look out for more of such forest. I believe there is more to be discovered.
    I lost a dear friend of mine at the same Oke bola
    We saw his car but we haven’t seen him up till today since 2005

  2. selfmad

    March 25, 2014 at 10:05 AM

    oyo na waoo for una ooooo

  3. Bolaji

    March 25, 2014 at 12:18 PM

    This world is ful of evil evrywhere, is only in Jesus 1 can find peace.

  4. grace

    March 25, 2014 at 3:21 PM

    May God hv mercy on us

  5. Mugabe

    March 25, 2014 at 3:47 PM

    This is typical of Nigeria. Quick Money minded people. Man Inhumanity against man. It goes to all levels in Nigerian society. From politicians who hire tugs to Kill in order to climb he political echelon. To cultist at University Campus, who form gangs to rape and extort fellow students and even murder those who resist them. to Armed robbers and Kidnappers for Ransoms.The whole fabric of the Nigerian society is blood stain everywhere and rotten . Arguable, the worse country in the World. The most in-secured country in the Universe. When God drove Lucifer from haven, he definitely descended on earth and settled in Nigeria.
    God save this demonic country

  6. D Hunter

    March 25, 2014 at 8:49 PM

    Wale, u‘ve just made a pivotal point here. I blv thr r so many places in d State whr dirty activities involvn pple‘s lives lk dis r goin on. Not necessarily in d forest even, in d town.
    Any building located @ a solitary place shld b investigated. Whn all dis measures of combings is carried out, u‘ll b surprised @ d outcome.
    May d almight Jehovah God exposed dem all as He wld d Boko Harams…

  7. Frankie

    March 27, 2014 at 11:08 AM

    ******s are full of evil and charms. who are the patronizers of those evil acts?

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