A middle-aged man, Anayo Ukadike, on Thursday, claimed that he got away from certain people that made attempts to use him for ritual purposes in one of the motels in Imo State.
In an appeal to Imo State Police Command in Owerri, Ukadike disclosed that he got away via an exit door when he was assaulted by three hefty men who allegedly want to use him for ritual as he was inside his Room 45 lodge in the hotel.
Ukadike declared that it was a ritual attempt, as he stated that he contacted the hotel management who appealed that he should not report his experience to police officials.
He said, “It was the worst experience of my life. The hotel is located at Marathana Avenue, New Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria.
“I was unfortunate enough to book a room in the hotel on March 10. I escaped death only by Divine Providence. Their antecedents proved the fact that they are in the business of killing people for ritual purposes.
“I was brutally attacked in my Room 45 in a Commando style by three able-bodied young men, who broke into my room. But to their greatest surprise, I was able to escape after using my last strength to hit the particular one blocking the exit door.
“The attitude of the management and staff of the hotel, when contacted, proved that the attack was planned, coordinated and executed by them.
“The management pleaded with me not to contact the police, promising they will trace the attackers.”
When a contact was made, the State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), affirmed that the order “received the write-up, and we are now working on it.”
Ritual killing is the act of slaughtering an animal or person in order to appease a deity. Its practice continues to take place in several African countries especially Nigeria.
It occurs because many people still believe that ritual sacrifice can fortify them spiritually, increase their wealth in business, during elections, protect them death and destruction among others.