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Ondo community begins marathon prayers, fasting over ritual killings


Troubled by two recent incidents of ritual killings, which occurred simultaneously in Arigidi, Akoko Northeast local government area of Ondo State, the Zaki of Arigidi, Oba Yisa Olanipekun, the Oba-in-Council and the entire community have embarked on interdenominational prayers and fasting, traditional rites coupled with local vigilance group surveillance to unravel the scourge of ritual killings and curtail the menace.

Two women were killed in the community within one week, with their breasts removed, a development that was strange to Arigidi Akoko community, once regarded as peaceful.

Oba Yisa Olanipekun met with women who are family members of victims of the gruesome killing, where he disclosed that an indigene of Arigidi Akoko from Ogo quarters, Tunde Ajileye, alias Efo, aged 30, had been nabbed after his father surrendered him to the monarch, who in turn handed him over to the police. The policemen took him to Akure to join two other suspects now at the state Criminal Investigation Department, Akure.

A woman leader, Mrs. Ayoka Oshodi, on behalf other women blamed the youths looking for blood money. She appealed to parents to monitor their children living above their income.

The chairman, Akoko Northwest local government area, Elder Samson Akande, said his administration would give priority to security and generation of revenue. He said he was not happy with the recent killings. Akande also called on his management team to liaise with traditional rulers to make sure life and property are safe in the local council.

No fewer than six women have been killed recently by suspected ritualists in the area. The killing of an 80-year-old woman, Mrs. Kojusola Mogaji, from the famous Mogaji family in Arigidi-Akoko last month has created panic and apprehension in the ancient town.

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