Residents Of Ogheghe Community Abandon Their Homes And Farms Over Suspected Ritual Killings
Residents of Ogheghe community, Ovia North East Local Government Area, Edo State, have cried out over suspected ritual killings and kidnappings which is ongoing in the community.
The vicious acts are being perpetrated by a group of unknown men at an abandoned land which has turned into a forest in the community.
Information gathered revealed that the land which is now being tagged an evil forest as a result of the evil acts being carried out on it, belonged to the Nigerian Air Force.
The villagers have also alleged that security agencies have deliberately ignored the ongoing evil activities in the community.
Information available also revealed that the community’s vigilante almost beat a motorcyclist suspected to be a member of the criminal group to death, if not for the timely intervention of police officers from the Ogida Police Station.
A source disclosed to reporters that the motorcyclists who hail from Delta State had confessed to the killing of about 16 people.
Contrarily, The Edo State Commissioner of Police, Mr Babatunde Kokumo, told reporters that the issue was a case of an alleged murder against the suspect and not ritual killing.
Kokumo also said that the police have not received any complaint concerning ritual killings in Ogheghe community.
The residents of the community, on the other hand, disagreed with the police boss as they accused him of deliberately ignoring their plight.
A resident of the community, Mr Felix Ewodaghe narrated that “One day, I was coming back from work, I saw somebody crying and shouting armed robber, armed robber, I saw him crawling from a bush part and I went to help him.”
“On getting there, I started tracing the bush part to see whether I can trace the armed robbers, but I started seeing human skulls and skeletons in the bush.”
“I saw children clothes and shoes in the bush. I was shocked and I carried the victim to the main road where people came to help. But that was when I knew something was going on in that forest”.
According to Ewodaghe, this incident occurred early 2017.
Narrating further, he said “Then last week, I was in my store when a commercial motor-cyclist rode to the place and said that they killed somebody in the forest. He said we should go there”.
“When we got there, we met our vigilante people there and I asked them about the incident”.
“We saw the entire community there. They said I should look at my right hand and I looked. Behold I saw a dead man whose hands were tied on his back has two legs tied too.”
“The body was started decomposing. I was shocked.” “But I observed that there was one motorcyclist that they beat up and wanted to kill before the police came to rescue him.”
“Other motorcyclists were accusing that boy of the killing. Many Okada riders know this particular guy, he uses different motorcycles every day and that was when they started suspecting him.”
“They said he will lure his fellow Okada people to the forest, kill them and collect their motorcycle. They said they wanted to kill the boy, but the police said no that he should not be killed. I heard that the boy even confessed to the Okada people that he has killed about 16 persons in this forest. But the police took the boy away and that was the end we heard about him”.
The residents of the community have cried out to the Governor of Edo state and the Oba of Benin to interfere in the matter and help to protect their lives.