Monday, December 10, 2012

Osun women protest naked over ritual killings

Hundreds of women on Sunday reportedly protested  in Osogbo, capital of Osun state against increase in the activities of ritual killers, some of them reportedly half-nude.

The women, who marched to the Palace of Ataoja of Osogbo, Oba Jimoh Olanipekun, to register their displeasure over the activities of suspected ritualists, urged the monarch to come to their aid.
The  ritualists allegedly murdered and dumped corpses of two children around Sabo and Kelebe Area of the state. When the bodies were found, vital body parts had been severed, including one of the victims’ right hands was severed.

The body of a five year-old boy who had been declared missing by his parents was also found dead near a stream around Sabo Area of Osogbo on Friday with one of his hands missing.

Another corpse of an 11 year-old boy, a soya milk street vendor, was found around Iludun Area of Osogbo and his parents have searched for him for three days before his corpse was discovered on Saturday.

The genital organ and other vital parts of his body were removed by the suspected ritualists.
Similar cases of ritual killing have also been recorded at Odeomu and Ipetumodu, in Ayedaade and Ife North LGAs respectively in the past few weeks.

While addressing the women, the royal father assured them that the matter would be looked into and called on all security agencies in the state to rise up to their responsibilities by bringing the perpetrators to book.

Confirming the development, spokesperson for the State Police Command, Miss Folasade Odoro, confirmed the development, but said that only one corpse was discovered at Sabo area.

She urged the people to be calm, assuring them that all the culprits would be arrested and made to face the full wrath of the law as investigation was ongoing on the matter.

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