Eight people have been arrested in connection with the discovery of a horror forest in Soka area of Ibadan, the Oyo State Police Command said on Thursday.
Speaking during the visit of Mr. Femi Omolaja, the Assistant Inspector General (AIG) of Police in charge of Zone 11, to the site, the command’s Public Relations Officer, Mrs. Olabisi Clet-Ilobanafor, said that the names of the arrested suspects would not be made public now.
About 20 decomposed bodies and some rescued 16 emaciated captives from an underground dungeon believed to be a ritual killing site on Saturday.
In what has shocked residents of Ibadan, the officers also discovered several decomposing bodies and body parts, hundreds of human skulls, old clothes, photographs and voter cards in the chamber located in a forest near Soka.
She stated: “We are working hard on the case and very soon, we shall bring to book perpetrators of the deadly and inhuman act.
“We are already making headway with the arrested eight persons, but we would love to keep their identities secret for now because investigations are still on,” she said.
The AIG, however, assured members of the public that the police would not relent until those who operated the death camp were arrested and prosecuted, adding that his visit was at the directive of the Inspector-General of Police, Malam Mohammed Abubakar.
Said the AIG: “I want to thank the people for their cooperation and patience.
“I also urge everyone to be sensitive to happenings in their environment and report any suspicious movement to security agents immediately,” he said.
Omolaja, thereafter, warned members of the public to desist from taking laws into their hands and to stop attacking mad people they suspect to be ritualists.
The AIG also said that it was necessary to stop demolition work on the site in order to aid police investigation, adding: “Forensic experts must be allowed to evaluate the place before the demolition can be completed”.