A 35-year-old man identified as Sunday Eneshero, who was declared missing by the police, has been reportedly killed for ritual purposes.
According to a report by PREMIUM TIMES, the man was murdered for ritual purposes after he got stranded around the Koko junction axis of the Benin-Sapele highway in Delta State, the police said.
The deceased, an indigene of Igarra in Akoko-Edo Local Government Area of Edo State, had left Igarra on November 21 to Warri for a funeral ceremony.
After the ceremony, he got stranded on his way back to Benin City en route to Igarra when the vehicle in which he was traveling broke down at the junction.
The family of the deceased contacted the police when he did not return home from Warri after the said day.
A family member who simply identified himself as Salami said the late Mr. Eneshero was returning from Warri in public transport which broke down at Koko junction.
In the process of trying to board another vehicle, he was trapped by suspected ritualists, the source narrated.
“He stayed by the roadside when he became stranded in an attempt to board another vehicle, according to information that we got.
“After waiting for 24 hours without having him back home, some members of the family reported the matter to the Anti-Kidnapping Squad of the state Police Command where he was declared missing,” Mr. Salami said.
However, one of the investigating officers who unraveled the circumstances surrounding his death told newsmen that body parts of the deceased were severed from the suspected ritualists.
He said, “The deceased became stranded around 7 p.m. when the vehicle he boarded from Warri developed a fault. In the course of waiting for another vehicle by the roadside, some persons approached him and asked him to follow them.