23rd September, 2010
A 20-year-old student of Lagos State Polytechnic, LASPOTECH, Surulere campus, LateefÂ Pedro, has escaped from ritualistsâ€™den.
The 100-level student, who recounted his ordealÂ with the ritualists, warned commutersÂ plying the Shagamu, Ijebu-Ode-Lagos route to be very vigilant when they want to board aÂ vehicle.
Explaining how he was kidnapped, Pedro said the driver of the vehicle he boarded fromÂ Ijebu-OdeÂ pretended he was going to Lagos and told him the transport fare was N100 whichÂ he thought was cheap not knowing it was a bait.
He said the private car driver drove him and other passengers to the ritualistsâ€™ denÂ inside a bush on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway just after descending the overhead bridgeÂ linking Abeokuta with Ibadan.
â€œI was going back to school in Lagos and while waiting at the Shagamu express roadÂ junction, a red Volkswagen Gulf car stopped with two occupants wearing white garment.
â€œWhen the driver told me he was going to Lagos and the fare was N100, three of usÂ scrambled to enter the vehicle.
â€œBut on the way, the driver suddenly veered into a bush path and when we protested, heÂ told us he was trying to avoid traffic jam in Mowe and we believed him,â€ Pedro recounted.
â€œAs we went deeper into the bush, the driver suddenly stopped beside a makeshift hut andÂ two huge men came out armed with guns.
â€œThey ordered us to alight and started mocking us, saying this was Lagos and that we wereÂ already dead.â€
Pedro said they were ordered to remove their clothes while they wet their bodies withÂ water and started flogging them.
â€œWe were beaten until one of us collapsed and died.
â€œWe were dispossessed of our belongings and they told us we would be sacrificed by 12Â midnight.
â€œBut at 8 p.m that night, the ring leader suddenly pointed at me and asked me to get upÂ and leave the place because I had a stubborn spirit.
â€œHe directed one of his aides to return my belongings and escorted me to a place. FromÂ there I was able to trek to Mowe town before I could getÂ assistance and got back toÂ Shagamu,â€ he said, appealing to the Ogun State Police Command to intensify patrol aroundÂ the area.