Dead and dying people were found at the Ibadan building.
The Police have arrested seven men found at the scene of a kidnappers’ den discovered in Ibadan over the weekend with emaciated captives, human remains and at least 20 decomposing corpses.
Two of the men were found at the uncompleted buildings used by the kidnappers while five others were security guards of the nearby Black Horse Plastic factory.
Inhabitants of Ibadan are still in shock after what seems like a kidnappers’ den where at least 15 gaunt persons in chains and remains of human parts was discovered at the Idi Mangoro area of the town on Saturday.
An Ibadan-based online news platform, the Witness, reported that the place was discovered after relatives of a missing person who were checking abandoned property heard voices from such property close to Black Horse Plastic factory.
What they saw when they entered the building was a real life horror scene. The inmates were severely malnourished. The Sunday Tribune newspaper described one of the inmates as looking like a skeleton and in the throes of death with his mouth hanging open while he groaned in pain as flies hovered around his mouth, nose and eyes. What appeared to be human bones and skulls, believed to be that of inmates who were killed while being held, were seen littering the entire place.
There were also clothes, shoes, bags, ATM cards, identity cards and other accessories believed to be that of some of the kidnapped victims at the uncompleted building were the hostages were kept.
According to the police, other items found in the place were three dane guns, three single barrel guns, one bow, 16 arrows, 22 cutlasses, 40 live cartridges, seven table knives, one axe, two iron files and one mobile phone.
The Oyo State police spokesperson, Bisi Ilobanafor, who confirmed the arrest to reporters, said the men will be prosecuted for murder and illegal possession of firearms.
It is hard to tell the number of inmates held in the place as some of the detainees had fled after being rescued; but at the time Sunday Tribune got to the place only six inmate too weak to move were left.
One of the rescued inmates, Tunji Alabi, a bus conductor, said his abductors held him hostage for seven months.
Some of the victim said they have been held for over two years in horrid conditions.
A woman said she was delivered of a baby on Friday, just before they were rescued. She said her child was taken away by her abductors.
While the place has become a sort of Mecca for people with missing friends and relatives, the police have condoned the area and a detachment of anti-riot police officers have been stationed there.