The Ekiti State Police Command have discovered the hideout of kidnappers in the State, having raided a building found in a bush along Igede Road in Ilawe-Ekiti in Ekiti South-West Local Government Area.
During the raid, police operatives said they discovered effigies, which the owner, Adeboye Adegbola, 35, claimed were traditional images of some Yoruba gods.
There were also fetish objects like dried bones, herbs and paintings in the building, which the police suspected were materials used to swindle unsuspecting members of the public.
The Police Public Relations Officer in Ekiti, Alberto Adeyemi, said, “About a week ago, some residents of Ilawe gave our State Investigative Bureau Department tips that they noticed some big and exotic vehicles going in and out of the place. That raised their suspicion that some ritualists or kidnappers may have erected a hideout inside the nearby bush as many of the people inside the vehicles were also not known to them.
“When we interrogated the man who claimed to be the owner of the place, he confessed that he was using the place to play on people so as to get money from them. He also claimed to be a herbalist. Our suspicion about the man is that he is using the place as a hideout for kidnappers, ritual killings and illegal business but we are still investigating him.”
But Adegbola said the images were Yoruba gods he worshipped.
“We worship these gods and I have erected them so that people seeking help can identify them and be convinced to pay more than what they would have paid ordinarily (for services I render). I am not a kidnapper or a ritualist. I am only trying to be smart by building these images you called strange so that people can pay more for my services,” he said.
However, traditional worshippers in the town said they did not know Adegbola.
An old man, Joseph Olufadeju, who identified himself as the head of traditional worshippers in the town, said, “We never knew he was here or had started anything here. If indeed he is what he claimed to be, he would have reached out to us before he started the business because that is our practice.”
Source: ( Punch Newspaper )