Pandemonium as mob kills suspected ritual killer in Lagos
Nemesis, yesterday, caught up with a suspected kidnapper as he was killed by an angry mob for trying to drag a woman inside a tunnel along the Oshodi-Apapa Expressway in Lagos.
Eyewitness said the woman raised the alarm around 1.00 p.m. after the deceased pulled her leg into one of the drainage tunnels located at Mandillas Bus Stop, along the expressway.
It was alleged that the deceased was working with three other suspects.
Although The Guardian reporter was not able to see the affected woman, an eyewitness, Bayo Oladeji, said the woman was walking by the side of the road when they suddenly heard her screaming.
He said: “A woman was walking by the side of the road when suddenly we heard her screaming. We discovered someone was pulling her leg inside the hole, so we ran after the man. When we got to the tunnel, the man ran inside quickly and we decided to set all the entrance to the tunnel on fire. He came out when the smoke disturbed him and was killed. But before he was killed, he confessed that there were two others in the tunnel.”
Another eyewitness, Bahsiru Adamu, said some construction workers on the road told motorists that they saw some people crawling inside the tunnel while on duty, but were scared to raise the alarm.
Adamu said the spot where the incident took place was area passers-by avoid because of the odour oozing out from the tunnel.
“The odour that usually comes out of this place is terrible. Some of us think it was effluents from companies around, not knowing that it might be human parts of those ostensibly killed in the hole. Security operatives should come and do a thorough inspection of this place. We do not know how many people have been kidnapped and killed by these people,” he said.
Some of the mob claimed that many people, who closed from work at night have been missing in the area, which suggests a connection between the deceased and the tunnel.
Efforts to get the spokesman of the Lagos State Police Command, Muyiwa Adejobi, to comment on the development proved abortive as he did not pick his calls nor reply to the text messages sent to his phone.
The Oshodi-Apapa Expressway had long become a nightmare for both pedestrians and motorists with gory tales of robbery and raping.
The axis came to the fore after the arrest of Clifford Nwa Orji, the first documented Nigerian cannibal who was also indicted in serial killings, kidnappings, and the sale of human body parts.
He was arrested in 1999 and died in Nigeria’s only super-maximum penitentiary where he spent 13 years without trial.
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