This would probably pass for the most inhuman criminal discovery in Nigeria: the Oyo Den of Horror. The pictures are horrifying, and the underlying story behind it, terrifying.
This startling revelation uncovers kidnappers’ and rituals’ hideout in Soka, Oluyole local government area of Oyo State. Surprisingly, this hideout, which is actually a massive abandoned building, has been in use for criminal and human-ritual activities since 2008, without police detection.
The picture above is that of a woman, a victim of this crime, who has been held hostage since 2008, after her kidnap.
This discovery was thanks to a group of commercial motorcyclists, aka “Okada”, while searching for two of their colleagues who were missing. What they found was beyond their wildest imagination, and they immediately alerted the police.
At the scene were human skeletons, decomposing bodies, blood-stained floor, human skulls and bones, believed to be unfortunate victims of kidnap and ritual killing.
It is alleged that the building served as a place for the sale and purchase of human parts, with the victims providing the parts. One of the women rescued was said to have been delivered of a baby who was sold to a waiting buyer among those who always thronged the secluded area at night to buy human parts.
This is a clear testament of how human life has degenerated in the Nigeria of today. It also shows how effective our law enforcement agencies, particularly the police, operate. To think that such a disgusting activity continued for years, in the open, without being detected by the people that are paid from our collective wealth to guard and protect us, is a serious cause for concern. If the commercial motorcyclists didn’t accidentally make this discovery, it is hard to imagine how long this would have lasted, undetected.
Unfortunately, it is virtually impossible to establish the identities of the dead, no way to trace their relatives, and there may actually be no record of their abduction. Of course, they don’t belong to the elite class, not even the middle class, so their disappearance or death won’t even be noticed in a country where the government still don’t know what to do with millions of unemployed youth.
While the police will now “swing into action”, the truth is that they may end up with nothing. This crime flourished, providing its services to those that perform ritual activities. You can bet that the poor, which constitute Nigeria’s majority, won’t fall into their client-base.
If investigations will end up revealing powerful and respected names in the society, your guess is as good as mine that the investigation will be very difficult, if not impossible, to hit a home-run. According to the Oyo State Police Command, some arrest have been made. One can only wait to see what the police does with the arrests it has made.
May the souls of the victims rest in peace.