From Moshood Adebayo, Abeokuta
A storey-building that allegedly served as the operational base of ritualists in Adigbe Area of Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, was yesterday, torched by angry youths.
This came barely 24 hours after a similar ritualist den was uncovered in Egbado village in Ewekoro Local Government Area of the state.
In the latest discovery at Akinremi Estate in Adigbe community, ritual materials, including suspected human blood in a calabash, a coffin, live scorpion and human effigy, were recovered.
Also recovered are identity cards of Junior and Senior Secondary School students of Sacred Heart Catholic College, Oke -Ilewo and an international e-passports believed to belong to victims who might have been killed.
Miffed by the shocking discovery, hundreds of angry youths who trooped to the area to catch a glimpse of the bizarre materials, set the building and two vehicles parked within the premises ablaze.
Daily Sun also gathered that the timely arrival of policemen from the Adigbe Divisional Headquarters led to the rescue of three pregnant women, three children whose ages range between two and four years, from the base.
One of the victims, who had escaped from the den, allegedly ran into a near-by building pleading with the occupants to safe her from those she described as assailants.
The pregnant woman, who hails from Abia state, was quoted as telling her rescuers that her elder sister sold her and her unborn baby to the ritualists for N100, 000.
The state Police Command’s Deputy Public Relations Officer (ASP), Abimbola Oyeyemi, who confirmed the incident however, stressed that only two victims were rescued, while two suspects were arrested.
He identified the victims as Jennifer Goodluck, who is nursing a two-month-old baby, and Oluchi, a pregnant woman.
The deputy PPRO, said that one Muibat and her brother, who are both from Kwara State, have been arrested adding that the matter has been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) in Abeokuta for thorough investigations.