A 60-year-old man suspected to be a ritualist has been caught in Akure, the Ondo State capital with dozens of female underwears and blood stained sanitary pads.
The suspects, whose real name was not disclosed to daybreak at the time of filing this report, was caught at Danjuma area, along Isikan road in Akure.
Several eyewitnesses told our reporter that the man was caught by commercial motorcyclists while picking female undergarments. He was beaten to a pulp and stripped.
One of the witnesses, Miss Adeola Oluwasegun, said the suspect was first mistaken for a mentally unstable person by the residents until he was exposed.
“We first saw the old man roaming the streets like a mentally unstable man, holding a small bag, and we thought he was begging for food or money. Later, we noticed some commercial motorcyclists shouting ‘Thief! Thief!!’ from afar. They dragged the bag from him, and it was discovered that he had items such as bra, panties, clothes and blood soaked sanitary pads in his possession.
“Many residents were angry and they gave him the serious beating of his life. In fact, they nearly lynched him before he was whisked away by some elderly people.”
At least 12 soaked sanitary pads and underwear were found in possession of the suspect. It was learnt that the suspect was later handed over to officers of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).
Oladipo Samuel, Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the NSCDC in Ondo State, confirmed the incident when contacted.
Samuel added that the suspect was in custody of the command helping with investigation and would be handed over to the Police soon.
His words,”Truly, he was handed over to our men yesterday and he is helping our team of investigators in the office with very useful information. We would get back to you after our investigation and probably before we hand him over to the Police for proper prosecution over the case,”