Published: April 22, 2019
By: Hakim Gbadamosi – Nigerian Tribune
Detectives from the Ondo State Police Command are trying to unravel the mystery behind the abduction and killing of a 60- year- old hunchback, Mrs Rukayat Abodunde, by men suspected to be ritual killers.
Mrs Abodunde was abducted by armed men who invaded her home at Ayetoro Street, Ondo town, the headquarters of Ondo West Local Government Area of the state.
Apart from the suspected ritual killers, the police are also looking for the son of the abducted woman who was said to have conspired with the ritual killers and sold her mother to them for rituals.
Family source said the deceased who sold fish beside her house was abducted by two gunmen who pretended to have come to buy fish from her around 10 :00 p.m. in the night.
He said the two men started shooting into the air to scare away people and dragged Abodunde into a waiting vehicle
The source explained that the incident was reported at the police station in Ondo town, while men from the command visited the house to investigate the incident.
However, the gunmen reappeared few days after the abduction of the woman, demanding for the refund of N7 million from his son.
The kidnappers were said to have discovered that the hump was not a natural one but was a result of domestic accident, and called for the refund of the N7 million from the son of the deceased.
The source said the ritual killers discovered that the hump was not useful to them after killing the woman, threatened to kill the young man if he failed to refund the money.
However, the boy insisted that the ritual killers must also return his mother alive before the money could be refunded, and has run away from the house since then.
According to the source, the young man had used part of the money to buy clothes for the deceased before her abduction, part of the money to renovate and repaint the house before the incident.
The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Femi Joseph, who confirmed the abduction of the woman, said two suspected kidnappers invaded the home of the victim and whisked her away.
He said: “The incident was reported at the police station by one Omotola Oseyemi, while the police swung into action to ensure the release of the abducted woman.
“We interrogated the people in the area, but it was unfortunate that members of the family are not showing enough interest in the disappearance of the woman.
“Some family members visited the station to notify the police that they were no longer interested in case but will like to handle it in a traditional way”.
Joseph, however, said the police are still investigating the incident with a promise to unravel those behind the crime.
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