Ritual killers on the prowl, masquerade as employers
Posted by Chika Agwu, Umuahia | 27 January 2017 | 3,081 times
Sir Don Ubani.
Ritualists have reportedly gone on the prowl in Abia, masquerading as employers of labour. Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Abia State chapter, Sir Don Ubani, raised the alarm on the issue, challenging the police in the state to spread its intelligence dragnet to fish out the perpetrators.
Ubani, who is also the Executive Director, Centre for Equity and Eradication of Rural Poverty, equally cautioned unemployed persons against applying for advertised vacancies written or pasted on street walls, asking potential employees to apply in person or by calling telephone numbers included in the advertisement as they may end up being used for rituals.
Since 2015, it has become fashionable to see advertisements promising a salaries ranging from N2,000 daily to N30,000 or N40,000 per month as the case may be. Such advertisements dot the streets and major roads in Umuahia, the Abia State capital and Aba, the commercial hub of the state.
In a post on his Facebook page entitled “RITUAL FAKE EMPLOYERS ON THE
PROWL IN ABA, TIME FOR CAUTION”, Ubani, popularly known as Okwubunkaof Asa, narrated the experience of an unnamed girl who escaped beingused for rituals in the course of looking for a job. He urged the public, particularly graduates roaming the streets for job placements, to bevery careful in choosing job adverts they respond to.
Below is his post, in which he pleaded with his Facebook friends to helpin circulating to alert the public of the danger in town:
“As Nigeria’s economy dives deep and deeper into the turbulent sea ofrecession, risk to human lives is bound to be on the increase.
“Due to man’s natural inclination to wickedness, fraudsters and, moredestructively, ritualists are out to take undue and, sometimes,extreme advantage of the hard times.
“Knowing that unemployment level in the society is unbearably highritualists are now capitalising on the difficulties of the period tohoodwink young unemployed citizens.
“Before today, I had read a post on WhatsApp that warned job seekersto beware of unidentified persons or groups who claim to have jobvacancies in Ogbor-Hill areas of Aba.
“According to the report, a young girl, in response to a street wallor roadside job advertisement, had called on the mobile phone numberof the purported advertiser who asked her to get to Bata Junction byIkot Ekpene road and call the same number, upon which a vehicle wouldbe made available to convey her to the address of interview for theadvertised vacancies.
“Led by the optimism that, probably, an opportunity to break the jinxof many years of unemployment was just at the corner, the young ladyboarded the vehicle that had been provided at Bata.
“In furtherance of the story, the vehicle pulled up in a fencedpremises in an undisclosed area in Ogbor-Hill. There, she saw manyother young people who had been ‘ferried’ into the compound just theway she had arrived and each was going in for the ‘interview’ one by one.
“The girl in question, while waiting for her turn, however, becamesuspicious as none of the many persons who had gone in for theinterview ever came out, at least, to narrate his or her experience.
“She, therefore, asked one of the persons she felt was a staff of the‘company’, why none of the applicants that had gone for the interviewwas coming out?
“God is capable of using even an agent of Satan to save His own. Itwas at that juncture that the man told her that none of the applicantsthat had gone in for the interview would ever be seen again as theyhad been used for ritual purposes.
“There and then, the same agent of Satan managed to smuggle the ladyout. To God be the glory.
“Today, Wednesday 25th January, 2017 while driving through a street atAba, I saw an advertisement written with white chalk on a fence andasking people to apply for a job of two thousand naira per day.
“As soon as I sighted that, my mind spontaneously recollected what Ihad earlier read about Ogbor-Hill employment. I asked my driver to usehis reverse gear to go back to the spot of the advertisement.
“Reading with rapt attention, I discovered that the advert waspurporting to offer vacancies to people who would work and earn twothousand Naira on a daily basis. The advert requested interestedapplicants to call mobile phone number 09097034056.
“To be sure of my suspicion, I did not hesitate to call the number onmy mobile phone. A female voice quickly received my call and demandedto know the subject-matter of my call.
“Upon telling her that I was interested in the vacancies her ‘company’had, she asked me my educational qualification and job experience. Itold her I had West African School Certificate but had no experience.
She asked me to get to Ikot-Ekpene road, opposite Eziama PoliceStation and call the same number, upon which the company woulddespatch a driver to come there and pick me up.
“My dear brothers and sisters, can we see the danger our childrencould be tempted to fall into?
“In a recession battered economy that is almost degenerating intodepression, who would blame any young jobless man or woman, includinggraduates of many years standing, for responding and falling prey tosuch a snare?
“I have taken time to write this because I know the magnitude ofdanger our children could fall into if not properly informed andadvised.
“I frankly plead with our young men and ladies never to respond to anyadvert that does not clearly indicate the office of the employers.
“Any advert that asks you to get to a place and call for conveyance bycar or whatever means should not receive your attention. The sponsorsof such adverts are ritual butchers of innocent beings.
“As for the Police and other security agencies, this is a majorchallenge to you. There is no way this volume of heinous crime couldbe taking place in Aba without your network of intelligence trackingit.
“If you would claim you are ignorant of this crime against humanity,please look around walls in Aba and you would find many of suchadverts. As well trained and experienced Intelligence officers,breaking these gangs of ritual killers should not constitute a
Herculean task to you.
“As for my friends on Facebook, for the sake of humanity, I pray thatyou share this post. Who knows who will be the next victim?”