The police in Oyo State have arrested seven persons in connection with the discovery of a kidnappers’ den at Soka area on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
The den, located in Oluyole Local Government Area of the state, and littered with severed human parts of scores of yet-to-be identified victims of ritual killers, was discovered on Saturday.
No fewer than 20 decomposed bodies were discovered while about 23 people, comprising 18 males and five females who were looking gaunt, were found with their legs manacled at an uncompleted building in the den.
One of the women was said to have been delivered of a baby early yesterday, but the infant was sold. The woman was brought out of the bush with bloodstains on her body.
She could not tell anyone how she got to the place, before she fainted after uttering some words.
It was gathered that the den was where human parts were freely sold to people who often come to the area at night.
The police yesterday confirmed the arrest of seven persons in connection with the discovery of human parts in the bush.
Those arrested were two persons found in the building and five security personnel working in a nearby company.
A statement by the police spokesman, Bisi Ilobanafor, a Superintendent of Police (SP), said the State Criminal Investigation Department had begun investigation into the incident.
She explained that a group of 100 area boys had invaded the area in search of two missing cyclists when they discovered an uncompleted building where some persons were found.
They also found decayed corpses and skeletons in a nearby bush while one Abideen Akanmu who claimed to have been employed by one Gbadamosi, now at large, was arrested in the building.
She said those arrested were being charged with murder and unlawful possession of firearms while the destitute rescued from the building had been taken to a hospital for treatment.
Corpses found have also been deposited at the morgue.
Items recovered from the building were three dane guns, three single barrel guns, one bow, 16 arrows, 22 cutlasses, 40 live cartridges, seven knives, an axe, two iron files and a phone.
Meanwhile, relatives of missing persons have stormed the area in search of their lost ones following reports that there were still some people hidden in the dungeon, crying for help.
However, other people came to get a glimpse of the gory sight of decomposed bodies and human skeletons.
One of those who visited the place, who gave his name as Kolawole Falana, said he came looking for one Dare, 18, who had been declared missing for about a week.
He explained that he joined in the search for Dare yesterday only for security agents stationed in the area to descend on him for no just cause.
Falana, who had some bruises on his face as a result of the manhandling by the police, called on the state government to move to the site and demolish all the structures there to safeguard the public.
All the way from Gbongan in Osun State also came two men who said they came looking for their 95-year-old father, Isaac Adeoye Oguntade, who had been missing since December 31, 2013.
They explained that Oguntade, a retired teacher, had left home for Osogbo to collect his pension from a bank but had not returned since then.