Se­cu­rity agents stop burn­ing of sus­pected rit­u­al­ists’ den in Ogun

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Ke­hinde Akinyemi, Abeokuta

Men of the Nigeria Po­lice, Nige­rian Se­cu­rity and Civil De­fence Corps (NSCDC) and the Ogun State Vig­i­lance Ser­vice Or­ga­ni­za­tion (VSO) yes­ter­day pre­vented the burn­ing down of a build­ing, which was ru­moured to be a rit­u­al­ists den in Ijaiye area of Abeokuta South Lo­cal Govern­ment Area of the state.

It was gath­ered that the house, a two story build­ing lo­cated in­side Ag­bole Ogun in Ijaiye com­mu­nity was at­tacked by youths, who stormed the build­ing fol­low­ing re­ports on the pres­ence of hu­man parts in the build­ing.

Our cor­re­spon­dent re­ports that the de­vel­op­ment caused a grid­lock along the IjaiyeOke Ejigbo-Ake road.

But, the prompt in­ter­ven­tion of po­lice­men from the state Spe­cial Crime Unit, the Adatan po­lice sta­tion, the state VSO and the spe­cial unit of the NSCDC, brought the sit­u­a­tion un­der con­trol, Daily Trust learnt.

The state Pub­lic Re­la­tions Of­fi­cer of the VSO, Soji Gan­za­llo, said: “The ru­mour came from nowhere and be­fore long, there were dis­tress calls from all our units at Ijaiye area. When we got here we spoke to the Ba­lo­gun of Ijaye, who equally re­ceived a sim­i­lar dis­tress call.”

Gan­za­llo added: “When we got here, youths were throw­ing stones at the build­ing shat­ter­ing the win­dows, so we de­cided to in­vite some youth lead­ers in the com­mu­nity and we all searched the rooms from the first floor to the last and found noth­ing.”

The Ba­lo­gun Ijaiye, Al­haji Chief Ba­lo­gun Alemo, con­firmed that the in­ter­ven­tion of se­cu­rity per­son­nel pre­vented the burn­ing of the house.

“I do not know where the ru­mour came from, but it is very bad and we are go­ing to in­ves­ti­gate it. The owner of the build­ing lives out­side Abeokuta and most of the other ten­ants were not around. The only fe­male oc­cu­pant, who iden­ti­fied her­self as Tolu, said she was do­ing some house chores when she no­ticed people around the com­pound,” Alemo said.

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