24-year-old lady simply identified as Mercy, has escaped from a den of ritual killers after being lured with a fake lucrative job offer in Italy.
According to SaharaReporters, Mercy, who is based in Warri, Delta State, was told by a friend that there was a woman in Lagos State ready to sponsor them to Italy to work as sales attendants in stores and stewards for rich clients.
Mercy was made to believe that the salary was good and that they could pay for the travel expenses when they reached Italy and had started earning.
Wanting a better life for herself, Mercy, who lost her father as a baby and was abandoned by her mother at 11 months, left Warri for Lagos State in October 2020 with her friend, who was also lured and tricked to believe the trip was real.
Desperate for a new life away from Warri, she did not inform her guardian, Maureen Eriyo, before leaving for Lagos State in October 2020 with her friend, who was also lured and tricked to believe the trip was real.
Their journey to Italy was to start immediately after they arrived in Lagos and met with the sponsor of their trip.
But things took a different turn when Mercy and her friend, who is now deceased, finally linked up with team members of the woman that was to take them to Europe in a house around Surulere, a Lagos suburb.
“Mercy and her friend were given laced juice to drink when they arrived at the place they were to meet with the person, who promised to take them to Italy. They became unconscious for hours and only realised that they were in danger when they found themselves in a forest.
Eriyo told Sahara Reporters on Tuesday“Mercy summoned the courage to ask the men who had guns to take them out of the place but they beat her so much that she fainted,” .
The days that followed that period were hellish for Mercy and the other ladies, who found themselves in the forest and at the receiving end of the cruelty dished out by the gun-wielding men.
Apart from being subjected to several hours of rape daily, the victims of the abduction and ritual killing network were made to endure hunger for several days.
They were only given two slices of bread once in three days and made to drink from a dirty pond inside the forest.
Mercy and many of the victims fell sick at various times while in captivity with some of them dying in the process.
After spending around nine months inside this den, Mercy, her late friend and two others summoned the courage to escape from the place.
One day, after those guarding the forest became high on drugs and alcohol and dozed off, a handful of the victims escaped.
They walked for three days inside the forest and, unfortunately, Mercy’s friend died during the trip.
The remaining women eventually got to an expressway where a truck driver transporting food items to Lagos reluctantly carried them in his vehicle to the city.
“Mercy is still in shock over everything she went through inside that forest. She returned to Warri last Thursday and gave birth by Caesarean section on Sunday,” a source told Saharareporters.
“She was impregnated by her captors, who took turns to rape her and other ladies in the bush. Others like her who got pregnant in that forest and delivered there had their babies collected from them for ritual purposes.
“The trauma and pain are still fresh for her because many times she screams from her sleep, afraid that those people in the forest would come back to take her. The situation is affecting her mentally.”.
The source added: “She is still in the hospital after giving birth by CS. Her health is of great concern to us because she has high blood pressure at the moment. She needs urgent assistance and intervention in various forms.”