“Every day is for the thief but one day is for the owner.” This vividly explained how nemesis caught up with three suspected ‘Yahoo ritual men’. The boys set out on the fateful day for ‘business’ as usual. They got their prey but they were soon faced with nemesis. While some of the onlookers described them as kidnappers, others at the scene of their arrest maintained that they were ritual men.
They were caught in the act of kidnapping a girl to their hideouts in their waiting tricycle. This came barely seven months after Miss Elozino Ogege, a 300 level student of Mass Communication at the Delta State University, (DELSU), Abraka, who hailed from Isoko axis of the state, was kidnapped and murdered by suspected ritual men, masquerading as ‘Yahoo boys’ across the state.
Elozino, a 22-year-old girl, was declared missing by the Abraka Police Station but was later found dead in a bush at the outskirts of the campus town with her two breasts and tongue already severed by her killers. The rest about her is history till today. It was like a dream again on Thursday, April 18, when detectives from the Delta State Police Command foiled a similar attempt within Asaba metropolis.
The plot to whisk away a young girl for their nefarious activity like Elozino was foiled. It would have been a tragic story of someone who went to the market but never returned home. The suspects called a bluff of the order of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, who earlier told the police in the state to go after ‘yahoo boys’ and serve them with justice.
The victim was going to Summit road from the popular Ogbegonogo Market, situated along Nnebisi road in Asaba, the state capital, where she went to do some shopping for the Easter celebration, but little did she know that she would become a prey of men of the underworld.
The victim, whose identity was kept secret for fear of reprisal attack, boarded a tricycle, popularly known as ‘Keke NAPEP’. She did not know that the tricycle rider is a member of a three man gang of kidnappers. South-South Focus gathered at the scene of their arrest that two other gang members, who laid siege along the road, joined the ‘Keke’, but sandwiched their victim from both sides of the back seat, leaving the suspecting girl at the middle. But lo and behold, luck soon ran against them! The former Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, DSP Andrew Aniamaka, confirmed then that over 50 suspected yahoo-boys were arrested and kept in custody with their exotic cars.
“Through conscious reasoning, the victim by intuition realized that she was in danger. She signaled the ‘Keke’ operator that she wants to alight by the Jesus Saves Junction. He refused to stop. At this, the victim raised an alarm which attracted the Mobile policemen on patrol and other sympathizers. They jointly chased the tricycle until they caught up with it”, an eyewitness recounted.
The suspected ‘yahoo boys’ had allegedly hypnotized (charmed) the girl as she temporarily suffered loss of memory during interrogation. The suspect were swiftly apprehended but the security operatives prevented the mob from meting out jungle-justice on them. They prevented them from mob attack ‘but will the case not be corrupted thereafter?’ was the question agitating the minds of hundreds of onlookers. The charm of one of the suspects was said to have failed him. He allegedly pulled the ring (suspected to be a magic ring) in his finger and threw it into his mouth in a desperate attempt to vanish but little did he know that it has since lost its efficacy.
A passerby, who identified one of the suspect, said he owns an SUV and lives in a choice duplex within the metropolis. Although, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, ASP Chuks Orisewezie, said he has not received such signal, the fact of matter has since spoken for itself. Till date, the case is shrouded in mystery.
No official statement had been made by the command as regards the saga, neither did the Commissioner of Police in the state, Adeyinka Adeleke, parade the suspects and announce the command’s resolve to charge them to court. Can the police command in the state unveil the identity of the suspects or have they been set free as usual?