Following the discovery of an underground tunnel used by suspected ritualists at Obadeyi – Ajala, Lagos, the operatives of the Lagos State Police Command have announced the arrest of seven suspects.
The development was announced by the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr Fatai Owoseni, who revealed that the dungeon was discovered by joint efforts of security agents and members of the public.
According to Owoseni, detectives would be on ground at the scene with more sniffer dogs and other security gadgets to ascertain more facts concerning the incident.
“In the process, people moved in there to help and also noticed that some persons who had some charms like gourd in their mouths tried to escape and that made the crowd to suspect something unusual.
“For now about seven persons, who are suspected to be using those buildings as base for rituals, have been arrested.
“We will continue to give it a touch of professionalism and scientific approach by deploying sniffer dogs that can also penetrate into the canal to see whether we can get materials to be of evidential value,” Owoseni said.
According to the Police, items including clothes, under wears, identity cards and wigs of people suspected to be victims were seen at an abandoned house near the canal reportedly used as a hideout by the suspects.
An eyewitness who pleaded anonymity, told Vanguard that two of the kidnappers had come out of the canal in an attempt to escape but they were overpowered by the angry mob.
Also, some members of Oodua Peoples’ Congress who went into the dungeon to continue with the search recovered shoes, clothes and other female items.
Owoseni however said that investigation is ongoing while assuring that the perpetrators would be made to face the full wrath of the law.