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Saturday, 21 June 2014

Ritualists invade Ebonyi state; Mother loses 2 children in one night

A shrine where ritual killings allegedly takes place has been discovered in the Ishiagu community in Ivo LGA of Ebonyi State. In the shrine, human parts sell for between N500,000 and N1million. Scary stuff! Read the full report from Saturday Sun below...
It was gathered that when the nefarious activities going on in the shrine were ex­posed, youths of the community went wild and destroyed the shrine as well as the prop­erty of the Chief priest and two suspected agents (names withheld by us) from Ngwog­wo community. Among the items recovered from the shrine is a picture of the Chief priest holding something that looks like a human hand as well as a register said to be containing the names of the people who had been killed by the evil men and those yet to be killed.


And to prevent the situation from getting out of hand, the police stormed the commu­nity and arrested some people.

When the reporter went to Ishiagu on May 7, there was apprehension in the air. Apparently gripped by fear, the villagers kept sealed lips. Even the traditional ruler, HRH Eze Lawrence O. Chukwu, Ibina 1 of Okue autonomous community, an old fel­low, claimed that he had not been properly briefed on the matter.

However, the body language of the people spoke volumes. They appeared to be living in palpable fear. For instance, an indigene of the community, Mr Charles (surname with­held) who was supposed to be our contact person chickened out when the reporter ar­rived Ishiagu. In fact, in Ishiagu, the fear of ritualists is the beginning of wisdom. Or so it seems.

And this is coming not long after sus­pected ritualists invaded the community and stole nine children. Mrs Nnenna Emmanuel Okonkwo, a mother of six, whose two chil­dren were stolen in one night told the report­er: “As I was sleeping, I was woken up at 4am when I heard the sound of my door be­ing broken. I began to shout inside my room, ‘who is that? Who is that? Who is that?’ Then some men broke down the door and pointed their light at my face. They started dragging my eight-month old son with me and I called out to my mother-in-law in the next room, telling her that some people had broken into my room to take away my baby. As I was struggling with them, they gave me dirty slaps on either side of the cheek. The impact of the slaps as my eyes were covered with blood. As they were taking my child away, my husband’s younger sister blocked them outside. So, they kicked her with their boots and she fell, hitting her waist on the ground.

“Then, they went to the other room where my mother-in-law and my daughter were sleeping and broke down the door as well. They entered the room and took away my daughter, aged three years and seven months who was sleeping with her grandmother. My mother in-law shouted that they can shoot her but leave her grand children, but they refused. They carried the two children into the vehicle they parked outside. Before our neighbours could come out, they had zoomed off. Since then, we have not set eyes on the children. My mother in-law said she could not live with what happened; that it was better for her to die. And she died two weeks later.”

In a related development, a six-man gang which specialised in the sale of human parts for ritual purposes in Nkwerre, Imo State was recently smashed by the local vigilance group. It was gathered that when members of the gang were arrested, they confessed that they had been kidnapping their victims at various locations in the state. They also volunteered that they use the vital organs of their victims for rituals even as some were harvested and sold to people who needed them to transplant failed organs.

Confessing to the crime, they explained that the prices for their ‘goods’ were not fixed. According to them, they sold the parts between N500,000 and N1million, depend­ing on what was in demand.
The gory act assumed a life of its own when the men took members of the local vigilance group and policemen to their abat­toir in a forest in Umugara village, Nkwerre where the decomposing corpses of some of their victims, mostly women and children were found.

In Ibiasoegbe in Oru West LGA of Imo State, a 66 year-old woman identified as Mrs. Josephine Okorie was gruesomely mur­dered in her farm recently.

Few days after Mrs. Okorie, who was a church warden at St. Paul’s Curch, Ibi­asoegbe was killed, the people of Umuakaje Umuseke, Okwudor community in Njaba LGA was thrown into mourning and con­fusion following the killing of one of their daughters, 28 year-old Mrs. Chikodi Nzer­em. Her three-month old baby boy was also stolen by the cradle snatchers who cut off her head.

A source said: “Apparently, the ritualists wanted to go away with their victim’s decap­itated head but when they heard the voice of another woman, who was coming along the bush path, they escaped, abandoning both the head and the body. The woman raised the alarm and other farmers came but the evil people had escaped.”

In the same vein, Mrs Chikodi Nzerem, a widow and nursing mother of a four month-old baby boy, was murdered in her father’s house in Okwudor in Njaba LGA of Imo State. Her baby was also stolen.

Family sources alleged that the mother of three was sent to the great beyond by her boyfriend who had pestered her for marriage without success since her husband died about two years ago. “I believe she was killed be­cause she refused to hand over the child to her boyfriend and no one knows what has become of the tot. Perhaps, it has been used for ritual,” said Chikodi’s sibling.

Indeed, investigation revealed that ritual­ists are on the prowl looking for people to devour. Hence the rate of ritual attacks and killings have increased considerably in re­cent times. It is the same story everywhere, as no part of the country is being marginal­ised on this score.

On March 1, Mrs Zainab Mohammed was brutally raped at Kukshi village, Dass LGA of Bauchi by three men who also plucked her eyes with a knife for ritual.

The victim, a 30-year old mother of four who is physically challenged, said: “They held my neck and I almost died. They twist­ed my hands, they opened my two and took turns to rape me. I was fainting. Then they brought an object – I don’t know whether it was a knife or not and they started removing my left eye. I screamed and tried to struggle but they removed my left eye. They started removing the other eye and I screamed loud­er.”

It was learnt that the evil men took the woman’s eye to a native doctor who alleg­edly offered them N1million.

In May, a 54-year old grandmother, Suku­ratu Salami and three others including a cemetery guard were paraded at the Lagos State Police Command, Ikeja for trading in human parts such as skulls, bones, liver and intestines.

Salami, a mother of three children whose ages are 30, 27 and 23 years respectively, explained that she was tempted to go into the weird business by the irresistible offer from a voodoo practitioner. “A herbalist ap­proached me last and asked for human parts. When he told how much they buy parts, I was tempted. I approached one Tantoloun, who works in a grave yard. He sold a skull for N10,000 and I sold it in turn for N20,000. Greed made me to continue un­til I was arrested. I bought pieces of bones N2,000, liver and intestines for N1,000 each and resell for N5,000 or more depending on the buyer’s bargaining power.” ­

It could, indeed, be said that ritualists are running riot in the South West.

In March, a man was caught in Ibadan, Oyo State with three human tongues. The incident occurred three days after the shock­ing discovery of the horror forest at Soka area of Ibadan where scores of skulls, hu­man skeletons, mutilated and decomposing bodies were found.

In April, an eight-year old girl identified as Amarachi missed death by the whiskers as a mobile policeman, Gbuchenge Augus­tine with Force Number 400823 allegedly wanted to use her for rituals.
Amarachi was found under the police­man’s bed in his one-room apartment at Olu­fowobi Street, Ikosi-Ketu, Lagos with her mouth gagged and her hands and legs tied.

Amarachi’s father, Mr Patrick Abakwan, said that before his daughter was rescued, “the man had twisted her neck and used an object to break her skull thinking she would die in the process but God saved her.”

Also in April, a storey-building that al­legedly served as the operational base of ritualists was uncovered in Akinremi Estate in Adigbe area of Ogun State. Discovered at the den were suspected human blood in a calabash, a coffin, human effigy, a live scor­pion and personal effects believed to belong to victims who might have been wasted.

The discovery came barely 24 hours after a similar scene was discovered in Egbado village in Ewekoro LGA of the state.

Horror of immense proportion played out in Egwudinage Obegu village in Ebonyi State recently when a 30-year old man sim­ply identified as Chukwudi allegedly killed and beheaded his 56-year old father, Mi­chael. After severing the head of his father, Chukwudi drank his blood and ate up his neck.
Maintaining that Chukwudi’s action might not be unconnected with ritual killing, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr Chris Anyanwu disclosed: “He (Chuk­wudi) was arrested on April 1, 2014 and before he was arrested, he was running and waving his machete which he used to cut his father’s head and threatened to kill anybody who moved close to him. Meanwhile he was overpowered and arrested but was caught eating the part of the severed head, after he ate-up the entire neck of the severed head. I think it is not unconnected with ritual kill­ing because it does appear he may have been asked to do such a thing.”

On June 10, a young boy hawking belts on Alhaji Jamiu Sulaimon Street in Itele, Ota area of Ogun State escaped death by the skin of his teeth as he was almost killed by sus­pected ritualists who lured him into a house on the pretext that they wanted to patronise him.

It was learnt that the boy was hawking with his friend when he was called into the compound. But when the boy did not come out after about 30 minutes, his friend raised the alarm. And when the police stormed the house, an attempt had been made to slaugh­ter him, as there was a big gash on his neck. One of his eyes was oozing blood, perhaps an attempt was made to pluck it.

The Ogun State PPRO, Mr Muyiwa Ade­jobi said: “Our men from the Itele Division moved in as soon as they got a report about the house suspected to be used by kidnap­pers and succeeded in rescuing the boy alive even though he was in bad shape.”

Recently, a heap of over 20 human skulls, skeletons and decomposing bodies were un­covered at Kilometre 15 on the Aba/Azumi­ni Highway, otherwise known as ‘No man’s land’ after Akpaa village in Obingwa LGA of Abia State. There, victims are butchered and their vital organs removed. One of the vic­tims was identified as 26-year old Onyekachi Chukwu, who hailed from Ahaba Imenyi in Isuikwuato LGA of Abia State.

A source attributed the upsurge of ritual killings to forthcoming election and the get-rich-quick syndrome. “As we approach the election year, many desperate politicians will go to any length in order to win election. They will engage the services of native doc­tors who may request for human body parts to do the medicine. And because the end jus­tifies the means for them, they will engage thugs to kidnap and kill people whose body parts will be removed and forwarded to the native doctors who requested for them.

“Again, the get-rich-quick bug seems to have bitten more people nowadays. And such desperados are ready to do anything, in­cluding harvesting human organs for money rituals,” the source said.
Culled from Sunday Sun

72 comments:

KWEEN said...

My God o! Save us in this country

Oladiti Atm said...

So sad.Wicked souls everywhere.Those ritualists are not afraid that God is looking at them.They just keep on killing innocent human beings often and often.Judgement day is near.All what is hidden will be reveal and they will be punish massively in hell fire












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DOBY DOBY said...

God pls strengthen mrs nnenna okonkwo. . Soo painful. . Wats wiv ebonyi nd bad news dis days..

Theophilus Momoh said...

Wonders shall never end in dis country.Lord ve mercy

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Alloy Chikezie said...

What a country! I still can't comprehend how this ritualist has spread all over the country, what a world! Smh


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Dotted lines said...

Macbeth series..............so help us God.......

bonita bislam said...

What a gory tale.The only way this ritualist will respect the sanctity of human life is when a strict punishment of death by hanging immediately they are caught! No need for them to even smell the four walls of a prison,what rubbish!

Caleb said...

I don't want to doubt the authenticity of this news but these pictures though.

BONARIO NNAGS said...

What a cruel world we live in.
These days goodnews are rare. People no longer value the sanctity of human life. If you're so desperate for money, why not give yourself in exchange. People are so wicked and callous. We are talking of Boko haram, this is another evil as deadly as the boko haram menace.

~BONARIO~says so via NOKIA LUMIA

Anonymous said...

I suspect every1 dese days o.bcos wit d rate of ritual killings.it's obvious dere is an expanding n booming market 4 body parts.it can't b only d politicians using dem.nowadays majority wants 2 b rich d quick way making dangerous sacrificies n 4getting God.I dey fear 2 visit anybody dese days bcos ur next door neighbour culd b a ritualist.now even tomatoes,ugu leaves seller sef wan outshine each oda;all of dem using means.somtime ago in my area I heard of a mechanic calld 2 do a housejob 4 his long time client n d next ting na e headless body dem see.Lord ave Mercy on Your children oooooo

Eugenia Ekeji said...

Some people no longer believe that God exist. What a World we live in.

oludayo said...

Is nigeria not save again? Crimes here and there.

Anonymous said...

No doubt we are leaving in the last minutes of the endtime. What wickedness!! #Glophil

hilary obiorah said...

2 kids in one night, one can only imagine the mother's grief! The ritualist need to be meted out the same treatment they gave their victims!

The General's Wife said...

Some "people" are not meant to be amongst us.calling dem beasts is an insult to animals.dese people r pure EVIL!

Anonymous said...

killing here,killing dere God save us ooo in nigeria

atinuke bello said...

Oh my God this world is scary

Anonymous said...

My Lord!!!speechless

halimsy said...

What a cruel world God save us from people like them

Anonymous said...

God, have mercy on us.

Anonymous said...

All these evil and wickedness are clear pointers that there is a God somewhere who will judge wicked powers and the wicked people serving these wicked powers.

jossy said...

God save ur children in this last days

Anonymous said...

God into your hand we commit our souls be our protector .

ADERONKE AROGUNDADE said...

Very wicked world...

Anonymous said...

Ishiagu is well known for its ritual activities,just like Ngwa/ abiriba in Abia state..... Communities like umuaka in Njaba,Dikenafai, and Linda's hometwn( nkwerre-umudi) are the perfect hideouts for ritualist considering the enormous vegetation and the sparse population.... You know the sad thing?Someone somewhere is bloody rich and everybody wish they can be like him without knowing wht his hussle is all about...#cheEzyjayne

wilheminna moses said...

OMG!

pepepretti said...

The sad news captured all the geopolitical zones of the country but the caption said Ebonyi. Common Linda

Zoe Ami said...

Its so sad what this nation is becoming with the passing of each day.. Ritualist, Politics, Terrorist... People no longer have the fear of God nor respect for fellow human

Anonymous said...

So much for na southwestern pple of naija dey do ritual. Mtchew so sorry 4 d bereaved family.

Anonymous said...

God please help us @liz ushene

Amarachukwu. said...

God save us all...Amen.

Steve said...

With the recent happenings in the world at large. Nothing surprises me anymore.. Rip to the dead...

Steve said...

Linda needs to work on her documentation.. Someone suggested here she employs someone to help her..maybe she enjoys it this way Shaaa .

Shoutozone said...

Dat is serious o.

cmlilies ify said...

What can I say! This is jst signs of the end time. Lord protect your children.

Anonymous said...

I read all d comments bout dis particular story no one talked bout tribe which is Gud, if it was a yoruba community such evil happened some morons on dis blog will start chatting shit in all,bad is bad regardless of d tribe.One 9ja
Ola Brampton say so

Prince Pedro said...

Na wa oo Naija no dey carry last

Anonymous said...

Na wa o

Anonymous said...

Kai! Tears are streaming down my eyes. Nigeria! Why?! Kai I want to puke. Imagine plucking out a living person's eye when u can't even stand a finger touching ur eye. Chai! They want to get rich at all cost not minding that they are wasting lives and especially young innocent children? So na only dem wan be rich? What about the men and women they kill? Dem no wan rich abi? Such heartlessness! God will judge them.
The other day in Lokoja, two men were caught using bread to eat someone's faeces. The man came back to where he just finished shitting and he caught them and raised alarm. Then they confessed that its ritual to make money.
God is watching!
Ne$ha Ne$ha

Anonymous said...

God v mercy on us.Animals nw v respect 4each oda more dan human beings.ife chukwu ga ekpe ka nku.

Anonymous said...

Reading dis story brought tears to my eyes. My younger sister odion osawaru was raped and killed in benin 3 wks ago, she was only 14 yrs old and a twin. Thinking about it makes me sick to the stomach. People are desperately wicked, well her killers will never knw peace. #lilian.

Anonymous said...

Oh! Oh! Oh!, God where ar u. Is this the end time bible preached about. It horro.that Ebonyi state self.

Geraldopino90 said...

God have mercy on us all@Kween I was going to ask after u,gud to know ya here.takia of u

Geraldopino90 said...

So so sad

Anonymous said...

Alas!!! no be only Yoruba people; Igbo people

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Anonymous said...

And the list goes on and on..this act is evil and wicked

we will never be victims by the special grace of God. Let us all be careful and pray to God to expose these nincompoops barbarians in our society. Amen. #PICCANTO#

Anonymous said...

my God!

Fanta said...

Linda dis pix is from d demolition protest few days ago in Gwarinpa estate Abuja ma

onyinye Gloria said...

God please save my friend. I knw she won't die. She must come back home. Amen

Vivian Chekwube said...

Wat a wicked world... bt d story is too long

Anonymous said...

Igbo Kwenu! I just dey hail una nioooo

Itohan Tlove said...

God pls I need ur protection over my siblings,fmy,frnds,even u 2 Linda and all commentator on urblog.

@MeetdrealEvans said...

Where re all d igbos, I hail...

APPLE said...

Churches and mosques every where yet there is so much EVIL!

Anonymous said...

Am havin an urge to join the military and when I do....God help riitualists and cultists cause its gon be point and kill....we must rid Nigeria of this tragic figures born in form of humanity

Anonymous said...

Since dey got some of dis ritualist, dey can also locate d buyers, God help Nigeria sha

Madubuko Jaybee said...

Unable to finish the story cox the once reed can't digest... For God sake what is happening to our young people.. Why won't them reason like me

Check my blog post 20 year Old Woman Raped and Hanged to Death by Gang ( photo)

THE FRIEND said...

Please, where is Wilhemma Moses, the igbo girl that is always saying it is yoruba people that do rituals? Abeg, make she help us comment on this one!

Bbg Eze said...

Wot a wicked world we live in, dear Lord hv mercy on us and heal our land

Anonymous said...

May the good Lord comfort you Lilian. Amen :(

Anonymous said...

God pls save us from this evil men.Am so scared .pple will barge into somebody house steal children.THERE IS GOD OH!!!

Anonymous said...

I had a dream yesterday dat I was kidnapped but in d dream,God made me escape...I pray aany evil act of the devil over anybody over me or family wil not come pass in Jesus name.lets be prayerful

Anonymous said...

I live Close To This Place and I'm DAMN Sure This Ain't Ebonyi State...it GWARINPA in ABUJA. and What Happened Had Nothing to do with ritual Killing o. These people's Homes Were Demolished that's Why Dey Came out To Protest and "1 Woman and a baby died" in the process. Sorry To Burst Ur Bubble :p (My Wicked Laugh) rfhjkkjghjklkhgghnkkhgbjllooouggguhjhyujjihgfhjhtghhgfddgggfghjkkkkhhhjjkkkjhjjjjjjjjjjkkljjjkkkkkk

Anonymous said...

Thanks @ anon 8:28. #lilian.

Anonymous said...

Mountain of Fire prophecy for 2014.
5.This is a year of MONUMENTAL failure for those who trust in occultic and fetish powers.
21.All these occultic agenda for making money and kidnappers will experience traffic failure this year.
15.There will be escalation of many conflicts.
3.This year, strong prayers are needed to dislodge so many strange powers

Anonymous said...

This is one of d reasons y devil inleash evil pple like boko haram. Any country dat worship devil like dis never really have peace. U almost will never hear shot like this in Europe or America. Dats y God keep blessing them with better government and inventions. We nigerians have all d oil and resources but we still chose human rituals and wonder y we no get lite till today 2014. It makes sense bcus devil lives in naija and d devil is of darkness so Nepa will not function bcus naija is on darkness in d realm of the spirit. So the same darkness is acted out on physical......this same shit with places like Haiti and Cuba all those places that follow human rituals their countries are hell more like the devils land like naija.

Jade said...

Its mostly politicians and the "get rich quick" that are responsible for these killings. God help us.

elizabeth tasie said...

With all the churches /mosque at every corner.... that's how a family friend hv gone missing for almost 1 year with out a trace. God have mercy on us

Anonymous said...

All d yoruba ritualists have relocated to Ibo villages cos of d their hideouts in yoruba lands ve been exposed. Nw dey ar gona contaminate ibo villages and pple wt dier evil acts. Traitors!
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Anonymous said...

Find them guilty in the court of law and apply capital punishment - HANG THEM

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