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Ibadan ‘forest of horror’: Eight in police net, says AIG

The Assistant Inspector-General (AIG) of Police in charge of Zone 11, Femi Omolaja, has assured Nigerians that the people behind the Soka “forest of horror” in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, will be unveiled and apprehended.
The forest was discovered on Saturday. It was littered with human parts and decomposing bodies.
Dying men and women were rescued and taken to the State Hospital in Yemetu.
Omolaja, who is in charge of Oyo, Osun and Ondo states, spoke yesterday when he visited the kidnappers’ den.

He said his visit was on the directive of the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) and assured the people that those arrested in connection with the incident would be charged to court soon.
Omolaja said: “Thorough investigation is ongoing. We do not want to disclose the identity of those arrested in order not to hinder our investigation.”
He thanked Oyo people for their cooperation and patience since the incident happened, urging them to be alert and report suspicious movements to security agents.
The police boss warned the public against taking the law into their hands when they suspect any one, urging them to report the suspect to law enforcement agents.
The AIG said the demolition of the building used for the horrible act was postponed to allow forensic experts examine the place.
Police spokesperson Olabisi Ilobanafor said eight people had been arrested over the incident, adding that investigation is ongoing.
Ilobanafor said since the incident occurred, the public have been lynching mentally-ill persons suspected to be ritualists. She said two mentally-ill men had been lynched to death and 10 rescued by the police.
The House of Representatives has mandated three of its standing committees – Human Rights, Police, Intelligence and National Security – to investigate the incident and present their report in four weeks.
It urged the IG to direct his men to take over the area and preserve the material evidence on ground.
The resolution of the House was sequel to a motion raised by Mr. Ibrahim Olaifa (Accord-Oyo). The motion was unanimously adopted without debate.
The House urged the Federal Government to establish a Judicial Commission of Enquiry to unravel those operating the den.
Also yesterday, the Chairman of the House Committee on Media, Zakari Mohammed condemned activities at the “forest of horror”.
Speaking at a symposium and award presentation organised by the Humanitarian and Refugees Studies Association (HURESSA), University of Ibadan, he urged parents to raise their children to be God fearing.