Pandemonium: Woman Identifies Driver As Kidnapper And Ritual Killer (DETAILS)

Pandemonium: Woman Identifies Driver As Kidnapper And Ritual Killer (DETAILS)

By Salisu Sulaimon | Sub-Editor on January 27, 2014
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Pandemonium broke out in the Somolu area of Lagos on Saturday January 25th 2014, when a woman accosted and accused a commercial driver of kidnapping and ritual killing.

The commercial driver, simply identified as Paul, was washing his bus on the street when the woman saw him. It was learnt that she stepped closer to him for better inspection, after which she held him tightly and raised the alarm.

An eyewitness reports that, “when she screamed and identified Paul as a kidnapper and ritualist; he at first, tried to escape. But the woman held on to him and kept telling curious residents  that Paul was the driver of a bus that had kidnapped her and about 10 others a while ago.

“She claimed that she had boarded the bus at Odunlade Street in the evening and immediately became unconscious, along with other passengers who boarded the bus with her. She said that they did not regain consciousness until they got to an unknown destination.

“She said she was released after her captors had used an object to touch her; she was the only one in the bus to regain her freedom. How she was able to find her way home, she could not recall.”

The community association chairman reportedly alerted the Onipanu Police division of the situation when the woman stood her ground.

It was learnt that Paul’s neighbours were stunned by the allegations, but admitted that they were not sure of what he did for a living.

“Paul would on most mornings go out with his Sport Utility Vehicle, only to return in the evenings and drive out his commercial bus. Sometimes, he would travel for a two or three month stretch on business trips, but no one actually knows what he does for a living,”

Policemen from the Onipanu Police Division were said to have taken Paul and his alleged victim to the station. They then returned later to search his residence.

He was said to have been later transferred to the Area H Police Command, Ogudu.

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