A traumatized middle-aged woman, Mrs. Patience Igho who recently escaped from the den of kidnappers in Agbara forests at the outskirts of Ogun state has recounted her horrible ordeal and how she managed to escape.
According to Igho who sells frozen fish, on that fateful day, she left her house in the early hours of the day with N130, 000 which she wanted to deposit in the bank, Vanguard reports.
The victim Mrs Patience Igho
On her way to Boundary Market in Ajegunle, Lagos, she boarded a commercial bus with four women and two men already seated and she surprisingly found herself in Agbara forest with no clue how she got there.
“It was after I regained consciousness that I found myself with over 200 people. One of them told me that I was at Agbara forest. The person told me that some of them have been there for over seven months,” she said.
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She explained that her captors later came with water in a dirty container and asked them to drink but she refused and they threatened to kill her and vowed she will be the first person to be sacrificed.
Igho said: “Few hours later, I was surprised to see another victim, a woman, who said she had spent months in captivity. She boldly commended me for not taking the water they offered me saying that if I had taken it, I would have been unconscious and accept every of their demands, adding that she is a mother of four captured with her four children on their way to church on a Sunday morning and three of her children had been slaughtered already.”
They later stripped all the captives naked and shaved their hairs, private part and armpit which they placed inside a pot in preparation for their ritual.
After which the hairs were thrown into a boiling pot and they were forced to recite some incantations.
“Earlier before that, I had seen a young lady who was brought before the pot to recite such words bearing a tattoo of scorpion on her right arms but she screamed Jesus! When the man that was performing the incantation saw the tattoo on her body, he refused to perform the rites on her, saying her blood was contaminated already.
At this stage, we noticed that there were different buckets for sensitive parts like head, ears, private parts, etc. they were placed on top of a slab which butchers use in killing animals. The bold woman told us that politicians and ritualists thronged to the place to buy those parts,” she explained.
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Speaking on how she managed to gain her freedom, she said a man who looked like their leader noticed she was not reciting the incantation and ordered his men to beat her up. While they were beating her, she started screaming, Jesus and called many names ascribed to God.
The leader then rushed out and ordered the boys to dispose me at the nearest Bus-Stop. They bundled her into a bus and dropped her at the back of Agbara market and from there she trekked to Federal Government College, Ijanikin to beg for money from her relatives who stay in that area.
“It was like a nightmare but I experienced it and survived by the special grace of God. I will not wish my worst enemy to go through what I passed through because it was so traumatizing,” she said.
She therefore called relevant security agencies to quickly intervene and raid all the kidnappers hide outs and rescue all the helpless people there waiting for rescue.