*Irate Youths and Angry Residents Unleash Terror
As they were prevented by security agents from carrying out an intensive and thorough combing of the forest, hundreds of irate youths and angry mob unleashed their anger on government assets seen around the area. They destroyed the state government-owned Ajumose shuttle bus and other properties. The angry youths also attacked Mr. Bayo Faleke, an Ibadan-based private radio broadcaster when he visited the kidnapper’s den. The journalist was attacked while carrying out his reportorial duties. His blue-coloured Hyundia Lantra car with registration number Lagos MK 126 AAA was also damaged in the process.
Also on Monday, March 24, hell was let loose in front of the forest of evil when rampaging youths pounced on unsuspecting motorists on the Lagos-Ibadan highway. They destroyed cars and other properties suspected to be owned by the government. WESTERN POST learnt that trouble started around 11:35am on that day when the youths learnt that a policeman had allegedly shot at one of those attempting to gain entrance into the underground tunnel of the kidnappers’ den. A stray bullet from one of the policemen’s guns allegedly hit the woman in the chest who immediately slumped and died.
*Ajimobi’s Government Douses Tension
Immediately the angry crowd and irate youths learnt that a woman had been fell by a stray bullet, they went haywire. They started attacking anything and everything in sight. When they glimpsed Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi’s convoy at the scene, the youths surrounded the vehicles and narrated the situation to the governor. Ajimobi appealed to the angry crowd, expressing displeasure at the killing of the woman.
Governor Ajimobi, who could not stand the sight of the woman’s corpse, covered his face, saying “Oh God, why this? Who did this? Overwhelmed by emotion, the governor turned back and boarded his car.
Govt. Takes Over Land
Visibly annoyed and moved by the gory sight at the “evil forest”, Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi announced the immediate revocation of the Certificate of Occupancy (C of Os) of the large acres of land and gave instruction for the clearance of the thick bush inside the compound.
According to him, “security agents would comb the area to fish out the perpetrators and bring them to book. We came here with all the security chiefs to see things for ourselves. It is surprising that such a thing existed here for a long time and people are not aware. Nevertheless, we will take decisive action. Apart from revoking the C of O, we will also set up a panel of forensic experts to get to the root of the matter and then we will find out those involved in the dastardly act.”
Those still being sought by their loved ones include Olanrewaju Musa, 30; Nneka Peter, 9, Ramota Nimota, 45, Odunayo, 22, and a student of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNNAB), Ogun State, named Odunola Olosunde. Information given WESTERN POST by their relatives revealed that Odunola got missing during the Academic Staff Union of University (ASUU) strike in 2009.
The Chief Consultant of the state Hospital, Yemetu, Dr. Osamor Jonathan, said no fewer than 35 families had visited the hospital in search of their missing relations since Sunday morning.
Oyo Govt Demolish Kidnappers’ Den
Four days after the discovery of the kidnappers’ den at Soka community, the state government embarked on the demolition of all the abandoned buildings inside the large expanse of land where kidnapped victims were kept. A day before that, officials of the state government and a team of environmental hygiene officers from the state Ministries of Health and Environment buried the bodies that were recovered in the “evil forest” in a mass grave. Fumigation exercise was also carried out at the site while stern-looking mobile policeman kept a close watch on the forest.
Reprisals on Mad Persons
A few days after the discovery of kidnapper’s den at Soka Community, angry youths and irate residents began attacking insane people roaming the streets. Many mad men and women have been attacked in the process with some of them set ablaze once they are caught. For example, a man who appeared as a mad man was caught at Oni and Sons Bus stop last week Tuesday and was subsequently attacked by a mob. The insane man’s offence, according to an eyewitness, was that he was caught using a blackberry phone. The man was also accused of being in possession of more than 400 political posters of a governorship aspirant in the state.
When a thorough search was made on him, some fetish items including five human tongues were discovered. Others items found on the mad man included bras, undies of different sizes, female clothes and a list containing the blackberry pin numbers of many people. He was about to be set ablaze, but the quick intervention of policemen from Oluyole Police Station saved him from mob action.
Also, two mad women were also attacked by angry mob at Odinjo area of Ibadan the same day. Not only that, another mad man was beaten to pulp at Yemetu area of Ibadan.
Moreover, an insane young man was not so lucky on Wednesday as angry mob set him ablaze at Itamaya area of Oke Ado in Ibadan. His offence was that he was caught with a pistol and an ATM card. Before the policemen got to the scene of the incident, he had been set on fire by visibly angry mob.
Demolition Exercise Halted
The demolition of the warehouse inside Soka forest where kidnappers kept most of their victims was suddenly halted on the advice of Oyo State Police Commisioner, Alhaji Abubakar Ndabawa. The Caretaker Chairman of Ibadan South-West and Oluyole Local Government Areas of Oyo State, Hon. Taoheed Adeleke and Prince Abass Aleshinloye respectively, were supervising the demolition exercise, which began around 11.00 am before an emergency message came from the police boss that forensic experts were on their way to Ibadan from Abuja to carry out some test and evaluation of the kidnapper’s den.
There was also a mild drama at the scene of the demolition exercise when a man suspected to be a human parts dealer from Ijebu-Igbo in Ogun State was arrested when he was wandering inside the compound.
Police: Investigation is On
When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, Oyo State Police Command, Superintendent of Police Olabisi Ilobanafor, said the police had begun a comprehensive investigation into the matter to track down the kidnappers. He said some arrests were made on the day of the discovery, but pointed out that the prime suspect behind the ‘evil forest’ was still at large. Eight persons were arrested but the identities of the persons were not given.