On Saturday, May 5, the entire environs of Imalefalafia area of Ibadan was thrown into grief over the death of a 22-year-old lady who who was suspected to have fallen victim of ritual killers.
Crime Features gathered that the young lady whose name was given as Tope Adenuga left home on Friday, May 4, saying she was going to vigil in a Cherubim and Seraphim church she started attending not quite long before the incident, but to everyone’s surprise, it was Tope’s corpse that was brought back home on Saturday.
Comments from neighbours indicated that the deceased was known to move with male friends whose identities were unknown as they always came in cars with tinted glass to pick her.
According to one of the deceased’s neighbour who pleaded anonymity, “I was sitting outside around 9.30p.m. when she received a call and she told me she was going to vigil. Within a twinkle of an eye, I saw an unregistered car with tinted glass parked in front of the house. She entered the car and the driver drove off but I could not recognise the people inside the car since the glass was tinted.”
Another source who claimed to be Tope’s close friend added: “I was in my husband’s house when I saw Tope’s call on my phone, I picked the call but all I could hear was groaning. I wondered what could be happening so I decided to call her back. When the phone rang, it was a man who picked it and he started raining curses on me, saying that I should not call the number again if I would not want my mother to cry over me. I told him that it was my friend’s phone and I should be allowed to speak with her, but he hung up on me. I was trying to call her back when my husband warned me not to call back so as to avoid that person’s curse.”
She added: “Tope was supposed to take me to church that very night but when I waited and could not see her, I decided to stay back at home.”
According to a young man who said he was in the church with Tope when she first collapsed, “we were about starting the vigil when she entered the church. As soon as we started, we were just singing when she started jerking like someone who had entered into the spirit realm but I noticed that her situation was far from that.
“Immediately, we offered prayer to her and she recovered thereafter. When it was around 4.00 a.m., we took her to a nearby hospital but she was rejected. We took her to another hospital where we were referred to Oluyoro hospital.
“We got to Oluyoro at about 6.00 a.m. and the doctor said that before they could start treatment, we must pay N10,000. We gathered the money among the church members and she was admitted.
The doctor started treatment; they gave her drip and I was asked to get some prescribed drugs for her at the pharmacy. As at then, she was still responding to treatment. Unfortunately, she died at about 8.00 a.m.
Tope’s family members, who were invited, refused to inform the police about the incident but promised to take the corpse to Ayelala shrine where a curse would be placed on her killers and her spirit would be sent out on revenge of her death.
Tope, who hailed from Ijebu-Ode was living with an Ekiti woman under whom she served as an apprentice learning fashion designing. She was reported to have continued staying with the woman and her family, due to the cordial relationship they had formed, even after she obtained her freedom and started working.