Suspected ritualists were roasted to death on Tuesday morning by an angry mob for allegedly operating an underground ritual den around Obadeyi bus-stop, in Ijaiye along Lagos-Abeokuta expressway.
But, two others escaped death by the whiskers, as some others vanished through one of the many tunnels in the area.
INDEPENDENT gathered that the build-up to this stage for the suspects began in the morning of that fateful day when an unidentified woman was abducted and dragged into their den alongside her child.
However, a street sweeper, who heard her screening, raised the alarm, which attracted other people to the place and the operation search for the woman and her baby began.
Security agents, comprising the police and soldiers attached to Operation MESA outfit, when contacted arrived the area and moved into the tunnels.
Our correspondents, who were on ground observed that there were more than six tunnels, which served as entry and exist points for the suspects and their victims on both sides of the expressway.
The tunnels it was observed are wired with electricity. But, a resident of the area alleged that there may be more than six tunnels that are linked to the various streets, routes, uncompleted buildings, bushes, etc within Ijaiye and its environs.
Corpses of people, whose body parts have been chopped off and oozing with offensive odours were seen at the tunnels. There were also clothes, shoes, bags and other personal items littering the tunnels.
Members of Oodua People’s Congress, (OPC) also assisted the security agents in the search for the unknown woman.
But, the baby was found alive inside one of the tunnels while the search for the mother continued as at the time of filling this report.
It was observed that at a point during the search, a tear gas was fired by the police into one of the tunnels and it returned without exploding.
Olarinde Famous-Cole, police spokesman for Lagos police command did not pick his calls for official comments on the incident when contacted by one of our correspondents.
However, a police source at Ojokoro police station, who spoke off record said the entire area has been condoned off by the police and the military until the abducted woman has been found and other suspects arrested.