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Friday, September 14, 2012

How I Escaped From Ritualists- 20-year Old Undergraduate

A first year student of Health Technology at
the University of Benin Teaching Hospital
(UBTH), Miss Grace Ayetan (20), at the
weekend narrated her ordeal with ritualists
to The Nation in Benin, the Edo State capital.

Grace, who was accompanied by her
father, Mr. James Ayetan said: “I boarded a
bus from Ring-Road to school and there
were other passengers in the vehicle. At
Five Junction, the bus stopped and the
conductor went down to pour water into
the radiator. That is the last thing I
remembered. We all fell asleep. “When
another passenger, a woman, woke us up
later, the bus was in the bush.

“We started shouting, but the driver and
the conductor brought out a gun and told
us to be quiet.

“They took us to an underground house in
the forest and put us into different rooms.

They chained us and hung our bags
around our necks. We went without food
and water for days.

“After beheading a woman and her baby, a
fight ensued between the ritualists over
what to do with the rest of us. In the
process, a bunch of keys fell from one of

“The fight drew the attention of the guards
at the main entrance who took the parties
into a room to settle the dispute.

“That gave one of us the opportunity to
pick the keys and unlock the chains. That
was how we escaped.”

Grace said a good Samaritan took them out
of the forest and brought them to Benin.
She advised the public to be careful when
boarding commercial vehicles. Mr. Ayetan
urged security agents to curb the activities
of ritualists.

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