By By Olasukanmi Akoni, Esther Onyegbula & Ufuoma Tiveruahor

LAGOS—Fear has gripped residents of Anibaba Street in Ikorodu, Lagos State, following the discovery of three more mutilated female corpses in a canal in the area.

This came barely a week after six female mutilated corpses were dumped in the area by unknown persons. The corpses which were in various stages of decomposition were discovered by residents of the area in the early hours fueling speculations that they may have been dumped around midnight.

Mutilated corpses

The six mutilated corpses were recovered  between Thursday and Sunday morning beside Bugon Filling station and Water Corporation, Awolowo Way, Ikorodu.   Reports said the first mutilated corpse was found on Thursday while five others were recovered on Sunday. Some of the bloated corpse were recovered headless while the breast and private parts of others were missing.

The latest three corpses  were said to also have been mutilated and badly decomposed while their vital parts were conspicuously missing.

It was gathered that the police and officials of Lagos State Government later evacuated the corpses to an unknown place.         Meanwhile, residents of Ikorodu are now living in fear following the renewed spate of mysterious killings in and around the area.  According to sources, a lifeless and mutilated body of a young girl was found in a nearby bush in Odogunyan area of Ikorodu at 4. 30 p.m., last Monday.

Two similar bodies

Also, another two similar bodies were recovered in the early hours of Tuesday, (yesterday). The bodies were said to have been recovered and taken away by men of the Lagos State Police Command.

Confirming the incidents, Director, Lagos State Environment Health Monitoring Unit, LSEHMU, Dr Enigbokan Olakunle, said the unit on Monday,  recovered the mutilated body of a female which was later taken to the mortuary.

On the fresh bodies also recovered yesterday, Enigbokan said LSEHMU was not informed about the corpses but the unit learned that the police recovered and later took the bodies away.   Also confirming the reports, leader of the popular vigilante group known as ‘Onyabo’ Chief Kamoru Bomabata said that one of the corpses, a female was found in a canal near two hotels, (name withheld).

It was learned that the hotel harbour girls of easy virtues called prostitutes with nude dance show every night which attracts both sexes to the hotel.  While assuring that his group will step up monitoring of the area, Bombata warned residents to be vigilant and stay away from keeping late nights, especially the female folk.

Rise in kidnapping,  ritual killing

Sources also said that in the last six months, kidnappings and ritual killing cases have been on the increase in Ikorodu and environs.  Sequel to the discovery, residents of Atele in Anibaba area of Ikorodu had complained of the foul smell oozing from the area. Also the body of an unidentified school girl was found at a canal in Ota-Ona area with some vital parts missing.

A resident, Umoru Adisa, who lives close to the scene at Water Corporation, Awolowo way, Ikorodu, said:  “We don’t know what is happening in this community again. This morning, the police recovered two extra bodies. Between last Sunday and today, they have recovered nine bodies. Something is definitely fishy somewhere, as this is getting out of hand. The government needs to investigate this thoroughly because we don’t know what is happening any more.”

Residents worry

Other residents expressed fear, urging government to put a stop to the mysterious killings and if possible,  ban the “Oro” traditional rite in Ikorodu.  A civil servant who resides in the area and work in Ikeja, who did not want his name in print lamented that restriction of movement by the “Oro” adherents often hinder their freedom of movement as well as affects the economy of the area and the state in general.

However, efforts to reach the Lagos State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr . Steve Ayorinde, was unsuccessful, at press time, but his Home Affairs counterpart, Alhaji Abdulateef Abdulakeem, urged residents of the area to stay calm as government had put adequate infrastructure and men in place to ensure safety of life and property. He informed that the police command had commenced investigation into the killings with the aim of apprehending the suspects to face prosecution.

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