The rate of ritual murders in Nigeria in the last few years has been a source of concern but in recent times, the increasing cases of female university and polytechnic undergraduates falling victim of ritual murderers has been frightening.
Student life in public higher institutions in the country can both be brutish and challenging. But for many female undergraduates, it is a constant battle for survival in the midst of s*xual harassment by lecturers.
But outside the school campuses, Saturday PUNCH found out that more female undergraduates are now being preyed upon by opportunistic kidnappers looking for candidates to be killed for rituals.
Few days ago, the headless body of a young lady was found along the Amanwaozuzu-Ogwa Road in Imo State. The victim is believed to be an undergraduate of a university in south-east Nigeria. Reports suggest that other body parts were removed from the corpse, fuelling suspicion that she might have been killed in ritualistic circumstances.
The Police Public Relations Officer of the Imo State Police Command, Mr. Andrew Enwerem, told a correspondent that he could not comment on the identity of the victim as investigation was still ongoing on the case.
“I can assure you that investigators are working to unravel the mystery behind what happened to the victim,” he said.
Three months ago, a Mass Communication undergraduate of the Cross River State University of Technology, Joy Odama, died in circumstances believed by her parents to be ritualistic, when she went to the home of an Alhaji to seek financial help with the knowledge of her mother.
In another case, a 300-Level student of the Benue State University, Grace Onaivi, went missing on December 23, 2016. Her body was later found about a week later, mutilated with some parts missing, in a manner reported to be ritualistic. Her corpse was dumped along a road in Lokoja, Kogi State.
In that same month, a 400-Level student of the Osun State University, Rofiat Damilola Adebisi, was killed in a similar manner while on her way to a religious programme. Her corpse was discovered two days later with body parts also missing. Two suspects later arrested revealed how she was kidnapped and “sold” to a herbalist for N10,000.
As abundant as cases of such ritual murders of female undergraduates of higher institutions are, there are equally many stories of narrow escape from death in the hands of ritual murderers.
For instance, in August 2016, a female undergraduate of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, 18-year-old Praise Adelakin went through a harrowing journey that could have led to death. While leaving Ile-Ife for Ibadan, where she is based, she was kidnapped by ritualists, who took her through the forest only to have a change of mind. She was dumped in a forest in Kwara State.
Kidnappers told me all they needed was my head – UNILORIN undergraduate
A survivor of what could have been a ritual murder, an undergraduate of the University of Ilorin, 22-year-old Seun Bankemo, told our correspondent about how she fell victim of a gang that needed a female human head for money-making rituals.
On November 12, 2016, a Saturday, Bankemo left her school in company with a friend to attend a birthday party in Offa but on her way back, she fell into the hands of men who kidnapped her.
She told a correspondent, “The host actually told my friend and I to sleep over till the following day. She is also a student of our school but I told her I had to go back since I had to read in the night in school that day.
“Around 8.30pm, I decided to take off. My friend chose to stay behind. The vehicle I boarded from Offa broke down on the way and I had to take another one. Less than five minutes after I got into the bus, I did not know where I was anymore.”
According to Bankemo, she only regained consciousness when she found herself in a forest surrounded by three men, who told her that her life was over.
“I looked at my surrounding, I could not recognise anything. There was no building in sight. I asked them where I was, I began to beg them but they left me for about 30 minutes and said nothing to me.
“One of the men, a man with three long tribal marks on both sides of his face, later came and sat down in front of me. He told me that I should not make trouble because it would serve no purpose. Then, he said in Yoruba, ‘Your head is all we need.’ At that point, I began to weep and beg them, I lay on the ground begging them, but they just ignored me,” she said.
But after about two hours of crying herself sour during which they put her in a hut, fate smiled on Bankemo. She explained that while in the forest, a sound of a hunter’s gun went off suddenly, startling her and her captors.
But apparently, the hunter had just shot at an animal several meters away from the camp in which she was held.
She said, “I think they must have realised that it was just someone hunting too because they went back to whatever they were doing with their backs turned to me.
“But while looking towards the direction of the hunter’s gunshot, I saw a light far off. I saw the hunter’s light in the distance and I don’t know how I summoned the courage.
“When I realised their backs were still turned, I just took off towards the light. I was praying hard as I ran off. I thought that if it was sure I was going to die, at least I would make an attempt to escape.
“I did not think about anything other than running as fast as I could towards the light. I knew they were running after me but I was too scared to look back. I just kept running. But when I knew I was getting closer to the light. I started screaming ‘E gba mi o! Egba mi o!’ (Help me! Help me!). That might have discouraged the men from pursuing me further. I ran blindly like someone who was mad. I don’t know where the energy came from.”
Bankemo’s newfound strength took her to a camp where she saw the light. But it turned out that it was farther than she thought.
By her estimation, guided by the light she saw in the distance, she must have run at least two kilometres in a forest she did not know before she got to the hut of a hunter, who took her on his motorcycle to the police that night.
Bankemo, who explained that she had not recovered from the trauma of the incident, could not summon the courage to follow the police when they asked for her help to trace the location of the camp she fled from.
But she said her rescuer (the hunter), who seemed to be familiar with the area, took the police into the forest but could not locate the camp.
Bankemo continues to live with the memory of the day she nearly died, haunted by the faces of three men who wanted to behead her. She said she could still remember that they spoke a particular language she could not understand when conversing with one another.
Season of desperation
Security experts say the desperation leading to this sort of crime boils down to the economic hardship in the land.
They say the desperation is from both sides – the victim and the criminals.
In the absence of any data to suggest an upsurge in the number of ritual murders in the country, security expert, Mr. Richard Amuwa, explained that if more female undergraduates are being targeted by ritual murderers, it might have to do with the fact that many of them are looking for an alternative source of income but falling victim of ritual killers in the process.
On the other side, the hardship in the land is making criminally minded individuals turn to ritual murders to make money, he said.
Amuwa said, “Many female undergraduates may want to make some money as the economy bites harder and find themselves in a vulnerable position. That could be the reason more reports of such murders are coming out.
“Some ladies may want to help their parents or themselves by going after rich men. There is insecurity in the country right now.”
According to him, there is need for more in-depth security education for members of the public.
He advises that female undergraduates need to be wary of dangers lurking around.
Amuwa said, “If a man comes to pick you and take you to a place you have not been before, you should be able to tell someone where you are. But usually ladies want to keep their movement secret, which is dangerous.
“People need to be at alert all the time. When your intuition is telling you something is wrong, you need to raise the alarm and get out of the place as soon as you can. If you are the kind of person who is just out to make money, and don’t care where you go, then there is trouble.
“Apart from this, people also need to start living according to their means. Peer pressure has always been there. It all depends on how individuals manage it. The religious leaders are not helping matters too because many of them now teach prosperity, which puts pressure on people who want to make money by all means.”
Apparently, the increasing report of killings of female undergraduates has attracted the attention of the Education Rights Campaign.
Coordinator of the organisation, Mr. Taiwo Hassan, explained that the threat becomes more serious when viewed from the context of the fact that female enrolment is lower than that of males both in the tertiary and secondary education level.
He said, “Many female students already face constant threat of rape and sexual harassment. Now, it is ritual killings. This is something the government should be concerned about.
“It speaks to the desperate conditions in the society at this time. There have been many cases of kidnappings of lecturers both male and female aside from the abduction of students at the secondary school level. These are indications of how dangerous the society has become as a result of the economic crisis.
“Our challenge to the government is to ensure that the socio-economic issues generating such barbarity are quickly addressed. Unemployment alone is a reason many Nigerian youths are so desperate to go into crimes. There is need to ensure that within each tertiary institution, the security of students and staff is taken seriously.”
Hassan explained that another problem that fuels the insecurity against university students is the fact that many public higher institutions, especially the ones owned by the state governments, do not include adequate student accommodation within campuses in their masterplan.
He said the fact that many undergraduates seek accommodation in unfamiliar neighbourhoods far from their campuses sometimes exposes them to various forms of dangers.
Saturday PUNCH reached out to the spokesperson for the Nigeria Police, Jimoh Moshood, a Chief Superintendent of Police, to comment on this spate of killings but he said he was busy. Subsequent efforts to reach him failed as he did not pick calls made to his line.
Security must start with students themselves – Police
A reporter reached out to the spokesperson for the Nigeria Police, Jimoh Moshood, a Chief Superintendent of Police, who explained that even though the force is doing everything it can to secure the entire nation, students and parents have a lot to do in this direction.
He said, “Students themselves must be careful about going to places where they may make themselves vulnerable. We are all aware that many students want to have boyfriends or ‘sugar daddies’.
“Each individual is the first policeman to him or herself. We have to be security-conscious in whatever they do. Prevention is better than cure. It is not that ritual killing has now become rampant but people should go a step-further by being very conscious.
“Parents have a serious role to play in ensuring that their loved ones are well monitored to ensure their safety in this days when we have prostitutes and armed robbers among students. In this case, it is not just about the parents. Even the community has a role to play.”
Police said Mrs. Egbukole, 36, would be charged after investigations are concluded.
Mrs. Egbukole is being investigated for child abuse and trafficking offences by the Police, National Human Rights
Commission and National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, NAPTIP.
The mother of two said she attacked Hope because she failed to wake up early. She had earlier denied responsibility for the assault.
According to the Deputy Director, Protection and Investigations, National Human Rights Commission, Lambert Oparah, Mrs. Egbukole later admitted the attack, but claimed it was an accident, and that Hope was immediately taken for medical treatment.
Mr. Oparah however noted that the medication given to Hope was faulty.
“She was taken to a chemist, they put plasters around her breast which was not quite good,” he said.
Neighbours at Minta 1 Estate, Lokogoma, Abuja, where the family lives, said Mrs. Egbukole had been a notorious child abuser, who repeatedly attacked Hope with dangerous objects including rods.
The latest attack happened on March 3, they said.
Testimonies of a neighbour
One of the neighbours who reported the matter to the National Human Rights Commission and the National Agency for the prohibition of Trafficking in Persons told PREMIUM TIMES that she took the decision after seeing the serious injury inflicted on Hope’s breast.
The neighbour told PREMIUM TIMES that she was startled by Hope’s screaming on March 3 morning, when the girl ran out from her home.
“She ran out of the house and came to my side,” the neighbour said. “Mrs. Egbukole was still trying to flog her with a mop stick.”
The neighbour said she followed similar treatments by Mrs. Egbukole on Hope for the two years the girl lived with Egbukoles.
The neighbour said at first she thought Hope was attacked with pepper or cold water as in the past.
“I thought it was just water and pepper, or something, until the girl screamed back again in my room and I shouted, ‘What!’ the breast has pilled already.
“So I shouted and said ‘Come you did this thing to this girl and you still want to flog her again?
“I will report you to the police and NAPTIP; at that point she started begging and immediately she started telling lies,” the neighbour said.
Mrs. Egbukole claimed Hope poured herself water, according to a neighbour.
But the woman had a history of abusing the girl, the neighbour said, citing how Mrs. Egbukole a day earlier had hit Hope with a curtain rail, injuring her in the head.
Hope’s journey to Abuja
Mr. Oparah said the commission suspected Hope was trafficked to Abuja.
He quoted Mrs. Egbukole, who refused to speak to PREMIUM TIMES, as saying that the girl was handed to her by a pastor who usually supplied girls from Nasarawa State to Abuja residents seeking house helps.
“She said she does not know the girl’s parents,” Mr. Oparah said.
According to Mr. Oparah, the commission immediately reported the matter to the Commissioner of Police, Abuja, who directed further investigations on the matter.
He said the investigation revealed that Mrs. Egbukole will most likely be charged for abuse of the Child Rights’ Act, 2003.
“The Child Rights’ Act clearly states the responsibility of parents or wards, as well as government or other agencies involved; regarding the dignity of the child, as well as the child’s right to
adequate health and health services, which have both been abused in this case,” he said.
PREMIUM TIMES reached Mrs. Egbukole and her husband but they refused to speak about the matter.
The police said the duo had been at the FCT police command for interrogation and would be required to return intermittently till the end of the investigation.
The Abuja police spokesperson, Manzah Adjuguri, said Mrs. Egbukole told the police that the pastor who allegedly brought Hope from Nasarawa was her uncle.
He said the police were yet to contact the girl’s parents. He however assured the matter will be charged after investigation.
“It is a matter of concern to the command based on the rate of injuries that has been sustained by the girl. And for us, here at the command, justice must take its full course,” he stated.
Mr. Adjuri said the command was still in touch with Hope and following her recovery at NAPTIP’s shelter.
The spokesperson of NAPTIP, Joshua Emerole, said Hope would remain under the agency’s care until the end of the investigation.
According to Mr. Emerole, Mrs. Egbukole will face other charges including the violation of the Violence Against Persons Prohibition Act, 2015.
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“Son killed his Mother or Father is not a news again but I didn’t see it, I taught we are just watched it in a film
“A terrible thing and unbelievable,
“Why a Son will told his Mother that give me food I want to eat and killed his mother slaughtered her and stabbed her to death
T”his one is not a story at all, I went there and confirmed it, because the place closed to my place, this is what happened in our area yesterday at ADELEYE
“APARADIJA ITELE OTA ROAD, OGUN STATE.
“Around 3:45pm I got a called that I should come that there’s fire on the mountain in our area, when I got there by 4:10pm I saw the incident saw the woman and Son,
“There’s a Yoruba proverb says “TI OMODE BA DE IBI ERU ERU MA BA” and another one says “TI ENIYAN BA JE ORI AHUN TI O BA DE IBE YIO SOKUN”
“I don’t want to mention his name. Many people are asked that the man is mad person, or what is wrong with him?
“Well… We have hand over him to police. The son is at custody of police at Itele police post since yesterday and they have taken the copse to mortuary. This is some of pictures and video.”
Watch the video, extremely graphic photos below;
END TIME!! END TIME!! END TIME!!THIS MAN KILLED HIS OWN MOTHER BY CONTINUALLY STABBING HER UNTIL HER INTESTINE CAME OUT….WATCH TO KNOW HIS REASON.YOU CAN SEE THE GRAPHIC PICTURES ON THE LINK BELOW IF YOU WANT BUT BE WARNED VERY GRAPHIC, SEE GRAPHIC PHOTOS HERE: http://www.elvisoe.co/elvis-oni-edigin-blog/end-time-end-time-end-time-man-killed-mother-continually-stabbed-intestine-came-graphic-photos
Controversial daughter of Ex-Oyo State governor, Kemi Olunloyo in a post she dedicated to Embattled Nollywood Actress, Tonto Dikeh has said the actress should have Killed her husband when she had a Gun. In a lengthy post on Instagram, Kemi revealed she once shot her fiance in the head while she was 8 months pregnant due to domestic violence.
#HNNCrime THIS POST IS DEDICATED TO @TONTOLET #tontodikeh from a bold, brave, transparent woman. Like #ArethaFranklin and #WhitneyHouston sang “I’m every woman, it’s all in me”..the reason I brand myself as the most intelligent woman in Nigeria is simple. I do what others are SCARED to do. I’m proud of myself, never been married, probably never will.
I have written on Facebook that if I marry it will be for money and never love and that’s why billionaire #Bauchi Forex prince Ahmed Makama said he wasn’t giving up on me cos he’s been after me since our London school days when I was 17yo and he was 19.
Today Makama is 55yo and married with lots of grown kids and grandkids and wants a second wife. I will never be THE SECOND WIFE or be in a polygamous relationship. Even his Hausa wife is “excited to have me join as wife #2”.
I illustrated this beating around the bush to u @tontolet because I wanted to show the upcoming ones that many things attract us to marriage. Money, status looks etc. Regarding Churchill, YOU SHOULD HAVE KILLED HIM while you had the GUN! I’m a gun violence activist. I promote guns for protection not for slaughtering, assassinations etc.
It is to protect u from the bad elements. As a social critic and investigative journalist ppl were waiting for my view. I was still investigating @zukiliciouz interview and your write ups. When I posted my #domesticviolence pics on Facebook 2013 with my entire hand in a man’s mouth bitten like an animal, my head busted with a pipe, people were shocked.
Men glorified it…Kemi must have done the man wrong. These pics b4 and after the hospital emergency room taken by @BaltimorePolicedepartment Offc Ronald Roberts in his police car. Ladies keep all photos, don’t keep silent. My ex fiance’s family kept telling me to stay that things will improve. Its a vicious cycle.
In America I was allowed to protect myself…WITH A GUN! Its legal. Hon Jibrin @abdulabmj said put up a strong resistance. How in Nigeria? Have a weapon READY ladies and protect ur legal rights! Bad men will KILL U FIRST! #RIP to all the women that died in the struggle.
#HNNSWIPE screen to see my *GRAPHIC* PICTURES
CONTD IN 1ST COMMENT
#hnncrime One of the reasons I remain single to this day is #domesticviolence . Do u know I once SHOT my fiance in the head while defending myself in an abusive situation at 8 mos pregnant? Baltimore police was tired of the calls to my home and his arrest.
They told me clearly to protect myself. The bullet grazed is head rendering him lucky or his brains would have been splattered on the wall. I was not arrested, he was arrested and hospitalized. I’m not having it.
Nigerian women wanna have the Mrs title till they end up in a casket. Protect yourselves ladies. Our society and culture promotes this shit! #hnnimpact
I ain’t havint it.