Latest on Ibadan House of Horror: victims recount how they were kidnapped

Some victims rescued from the house of horror
in the Soka area of Ibadan in Oyo, who have
started gradually regaining their sanity, have
recounted how they found themselves at the
kidnappers den.
Speaking with a Punch reporter, one of the
victims, Nafiu Shittu, said he was a busy selling
his locally made pile medicine when he was
kidnapped and brought into the forest 4 months
ago.
“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.”
Nafiu who stressed that he was not a mad man
and so was not taken to the horror house for
treatment, said he saw dead bodies in the place
but couldn’t confirm if they were killed there or
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“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.” Nafiu said
Another victim, Titi Dokpesi said she was in
front of her house when she was grabbed by
two men.
“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 a week.”
Meanwhile during his visit to the forest on
Monday, the Oyo State Governor, Ajimola
Ajimobi ordered that the C of O of the forest
land be revoked and the place cleared for
visibility and easy access. He expressed shock
at the situation, saying this was a case of
man’s inhumanity to man and ordered a full
scale investigation on the matter with a view of
bring those involved to book.

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