Suspected ritual killers have released a young lady, Maranatha Innocent, who was abducted along Katsina Ala Street, Makurdi, Benue State after spending five days in captivity.
She was coming from a bank where she had gone to make a transaction when she was abducted by three men in a car.
Maranatha’s cousin, Love, told Northern City News on Sunday that the former came back to the house five days after her disappearance but could not utter a word about her experience.
She said that after she was hospitalised, Maranatha informed the family that she was abducted by suspected ritual killers and kept in a house with two other female victims.
Love said , “Maranatha told us that she took an okada from the bank and when they got to a lonely spot along Katsina Ala Street, the Okada man said he wanted to urinate.
“ As she was waiting for him, a vehicle with three men pulled up and asked her for direction, but she lost consciousness as she attempted to speak and found herself in a room with two other girls who were similarly tied. ”
According to Love, Maranatha said a man who appeared to be the leader of the gang entered the room and selected the victim to be used for his rituals.
“ All this while, they were not eating, but on that particular day, a man came into the room with a staff and he just placed it above the head of a victim and the staff made a weird sound, but when it came to Maranatha’s turn, the staff just made a small sound and it kept shaking and shaking, so they slapped her and said she should be taken away, ” she narrated.
“She woke up to find herself at that same spot where they abducted her. She woke up to find herself lying on the ground and so she took a bike home, ” Love added.
She disclosed that the spot where her cousin was abducted was notorious for kidnapping, adding that a number of sympathisers phoned to inform her about the high incidence of abduction around the area.
Love said her cousin was molested, but noted that she was recuperating.