Female underwears such as panties and brassieres are usually made to complement the romantic, sexual appeal of women. But this can no longer be the case as ritualists go berserk 

A 60-year-old man, suspected to be a ritualist, was apprehended for allegedly stealing female pants, bra as well as already used sanitary pads in Akure, the Ondo State capital.

The suspect, whose real name has not been identified as at press time, was caught by some commercial motorcyclists commonly referred to as”okada riders” at Danjuma area along Isikan road of the state capital following his suspicious movement within the neighborhood.

After being caught, he was handed over to the men of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, by residents of the area who had earlier beat him blue and black.

While giving a vivid account of the incident which threw the neighbourhood into pandemonium, one of the residents who gave her name as Adeola Oluwasegun, said the suspect was initially mistaken for a lunatic before he was exposed by “okada riders” who she guess have been trailing him from a distance.

She narrated that, “We first saw the old man roaming the streets like a mentally unstable man while holding a small bag and we were thinking he was begging for food or money.

“Later, we noticed some Okada men shouting thief from afar and we did not know they were after the old man who they called ritualists. By the time, they would dragged the bag from him, he was caught with dirty female underwares lilke bra, pants, cloth and sanitary pads.

“Many residents were angry and they gave him the serious beating of his life. In fact, they nearly lyched him to death before he was whiskey away by some elderly people.”

It was gathered that no less than twelve female soaked sanitary pads and undies were found in possession of the suspect.

Confirming the incident, the Public Relations Officer, Ondo State Command of the NSCDC, Oladipo Samuel, disclosed that the suspect is already in the corps’ custody, adding that investigation has commenced.

“Truely, he was handed over to our men yesterday and he is helping our team of investigators in the office with very useful information.

“We would get back to you after our investigation and probably before we hand him over to the police for proper prosecution over the case,” the NSCDC PRO said.

Also two suspected ritualists were on Wednesday caught in Umutu Community, Delta State, with ten female pants.

It was garthered that the suspects upon serious beating by angry mob, confessed to have been in the business in the recent times after being frustrated out of school owing to poverty.

Eyewitness said the suspects identified as Emeka Nwosa and Jerry Obi were caught after they had allegedly forced a 15-year-old girl in the community who was on her way to the farm, to pull her pants and give to them.

The victim was said to have shouted for help after she was allegedly manhandled          

Her shouts attracted helps of some farmers who immediately moved into the scene with their cultlasses to save the situation.

They arrested the suspects on the spot before handing over to the police station in Umutu Community where they allegedly confessed to the crime.

Confirming the arrest of the two suspected ritualists, the commissioner of police in Delta State, Anthony Agbizi said they would be transferred to the state CID for further investigations.

Agbizi, however, assured Deltans of the police continued protection of lives and properties.

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