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Horror forest: Two men arrested, forensic test halts demolition

One Sulaiman Tijani was arrested on Wednesday at Soka forest, Ibadan, where scores of decomposing bodies and body parts were uncovered on Saturday.

Another man, who appeared to be a lunatic, was saved by a team of policemen when angry youths descended on him at a point close to the site.

The youths said he was pretending to be insane and could be one of the kidnappers who operated in the forest.

Tijani was apprehended by security operatives, including men of the Oodua Peoples’ Congress, who were around while the demolition by the Oyo State Government was in progress.

The man emerged from a part of the forest, holding a polythene bag which he said contained sachets of juice.

He explained that he usually picked up the juice from a dump site beside a company located at the edge of the forest.

His explanation, however, became suspicious when he added that he was a poultry farmer in Ogun State.

He said, “I have a poultry farm with large number of birds. I use the juice to feed the birds in the farm which is located at Ijebu-Ode.”

Despite efforts to make himself understood, his explanation was incoherent and when it was difficult to piece together his statements, he was whisked away by the police.

The man, who appeared to be a lunatic, was taken to Adeoyo State Hospital, Yemetu, Ibadan, but nurses were unable to say anything about his mental status while police had yet to offer statement on his arrest on Wednesday.

The demolition of buildings in the forest was halted by a directive from the Oyo State Police Command that a forensic evaluation of the land must be done before the exercise could go on.

On Tuesday, the Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi had directed that buildings in the forest be demolished to put an end to shady activities in the area.

A statement from the state government by Ajimobi’s Special Adviser on Media, Festus Adedayo, said forensic experts from police headquarters in Abuja would like to visit the site and carry out some evaluation on Thursday.

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