A woman feigning madness was caught by some students of Interlink Polytechnic, Ijebu-Jesa in Oshogbo, Osun state when she was making a telephone call with an expensive Android telephone to who the students identified as her sponsors.
According to an ND One student of the private Polytechnic, Bidemi Lawal, said the ‘madwoman’ had been loitering around the Eid praying ground that is directly located opposite the polytechnic but no one paid attention to her.
She acted her script feigning madness without the students suspecting her until that fateful day on the 16th of February it was discovered that she was a kidnapper and a ritualist.
Bidemi recounts how it happened, she said “when one of our students aaw the woman with an Android phone, he jokingly raised an alarm with the thought that it was a toy phone. But when they move closer to her, it was discovered that it was an expensive Android phone with which she was calling maybe her sponsors and accomplices. We pounced on her and she was beaten badly. After which she was searched and they found on her Identity cards of students from Osun State College of Technology, US 100 dollar bills, 2 cheque books, credit alerts on her phone and other transactions. She confessed to abducting many students who me she sold to a ritualist but she refused mention the name of that ritualist until some officers of the Civil Defence Corps came arrested and took her away.”
A trader at the Ijebu-Jesa International market, Adamu Danladi said he had been seeing the mad woman roaming the Ijebu-Jesa/Ado-Ekiti road for some months and that he sometimes give her food and money to feed.
Adamu said, “when the news broke that she was a kidnapper and a ritualist I found it difficult to believe until I saw what was found on her. Money, phones and some students identity cards. The woman was a popular mad woman on this route and even at times some of the students give her their used clothes and money. We never knew she was there to kidnap the students and sell them for ritual.”
When Interlink Polytechnic was contacted, a staff at the Student’s Affairs dept who pleaded not to be named said none of their students has been kidnapped or missing. He said the institution provides adequate security and a conducive environment that supports learning for both staff and students of the school.