Security agents in Bayelsa State have launched a manhunt for a group of suspected ritualists involved in kidnapping, killing and selling of human parts.
The suspected ritualists board tricycles also known as Keke where they hypnotize their victims with a white handkerchief and carry them in unconscious state to an undisclosed location in the state.
A lucky victim who recently escaped from the den of the ritualists said from their conversations, members of the syndicate are from the Northern part of the country and the human parts are shipped to the region for people who, in turn use it, for ritual purposes.
The 19-year-old victim who simply gave her name as Doubra, in an exclusive interview with Niger Delta Connect said she managed to escape after some of the guards went to dispatch the parts (human) of one of the victims held with her.
“I boarded a Keke from around Onopa and there was only a few passengers. There was a man in the back with me. The Keke stopped to pick another male passenger, so I was left in the middle between them.
“As we moved, one of the men placed a handkerchief on my face and immediately, I passed out. When I regained consciousness, I found myself blindfolded in a dark room.
“It was so dark that one needs to move hands to feel others even though we heard ourselves and could hear what’s happening outside the dark room. There were many other girls in the room.
“One of the girls told me she was a medical student in a University and that she just recently lost her father and that her mother was the only one taking care of her and that she was on her way to school when they took her.
“That night, they came in and took that girl out and killed her. I cannot describe the horror as she screamed not far from where we were. Then, all went silent and we knew what that meant.
“After they killed the girl and dismembered her body, I could tell from their phone conversation that there was an order to send the parts fresh immediately and keep the rest for later as I could hear them talk about ‘cooler’ and iced block.
“After they finished, The men stood guard at the door of the hut and they made us to drink more of the substance which made us sleep and mostly unconscious.
“They came back to drag another girl from the dark room. The girl struggled with them and they later brought her back to attend to a call that came in. They were speaking Hausa and talking to a man they called Alhaji and they were mentioning Kano. I had my phone hidden inside my body so I was able to send SOS to my mother.
“That was when we sensed that one of the two men had left obviously to deliver the part for dispatch. Sensing that only one person’s presence was all over the place, that’s when me and the girl they returned back made our way out.
“At a point, the girl was crying as we ran. She had a knife cut to her neck from the struggle with the men before she was returned. But we kept running.
“One of the guards followed us as we were running. Unfortunately, the girl fell. I went back to help her but she told me to save my own life first, so I started running. My phone and sandals also fell off. I ran until I got to a road and a man in a Keke rescued me and with the help of his female friend.
“They took care of me and brought me back to Yenagoa. They later recovered my phone from where it fell.”
Doubra who has been unstable is now receiving treatment at an undisclosed hospital from the bruises, shock, trauma and complete exhaustion she suffered.
It was learnt that, through a family member and a kind philanthropist, the Police and the State government were contacted and are now on the trail of the syndicate.
A security source said: “We got the disturbing information and the CP immediately directed that we begin a discreet investigation to uncover their operational base and arrest them. So, we are on it now and hopefully we will get them.”