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‘Big men came to purchase human parts’ — lady recounts experience after 11 days in kidnappers’ den


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Mary Olaniyan, an 18-year-old student of the Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo, who spent 11 days in a thick forest with kidnappers, has narrated how “big men in expensive cars” patronised her captors for “human flesh”.

“I saw strange men come in big vehicles to collect some things in cellophane bags. I knew it had to be human flesh,” she told the Punch after she escaped from the kidnappers’ den.

She was kidnapped on September 1, 2017 in a taxi she boarded in front of her school gate.

Olaniyan, who lived off campus, was going home when she boarded the kidnappers’ vehicle at about 6.30pm outside the main gate of the college, along the Ondo-Ore highway.

She said she boarded the taxi alongside a lady at the same location and two other men who were going to Yaba in Ondo town.

“As soon as I boarded the vehicle I became unconscious” she said. “And by the time I regained my consciousness, I found myself in a building located inside a thick forest. I didn’t know the exact town where the forest is located but it is a very thick forest.

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“I discovered that there were two guys and three ladies that had already been kidnapped and kept inside the building in the forest. The three men that kidnapped us were there  too.”

Olaniyan looked emaciated and frail, having spent 11 days in the forest without food a,s the kidnappers gave them only water.

“The men did not give us food for the time we were there, they were giving us only water,” she said.

However, her abductors were not just kidnappers but men who dealt in selling human body parts.

Olaniyan said her abductors killed their victims and sold their body parts to “big men”, many of whom she saw visit the camp in expensive cars.

She described her escape as divine, saying she and other victims ran away when the abductors began fighting each other.

“Fight broke out among the kidnappers over money. The money was given to them by one of their customers, who came and left with something they put in a cellophane bag too,” she said

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“They did not watch us as they fought. That was when we used the opportunity to run out of the building in the forest.”

After escaping from the kidnappers, she trekked three days in the forest until she got to Ile-Oluji-Ipetu Ijesa Road, where she met a lady who gave her directions to Ondo town.

Since the abduction of Olaniyan, two other students of the college – Blessing Oladepo and Mary Oluwasemilore – have been declared missing after they were suspected to have been kidnapped.

A  few days ago, some of the kidnappers, who were arrested by the men of the Ondo State Police Command, confessed to be behind abduction of the female students of the institution.

Chikezie can be reached at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter: @KezieOmeje

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