18-year-old Mary Olaniyan, a student of the Adeyemi College of
Education, Ondo, has a lot to be thankful for.
escape from a forest she found herself after she became unconscious in a
cab she boarded in front of the school gate on September 1, 2017.
the campus, said after finishing lectures on campus that day, she was
heading home when she boarded the kidnappers’ vehicle at about 6.30pm
outside the main gate of the college along the Ondo-Ore highway.
alongside a lady at the same location and two other men. The two of the
men were going to Yaba in Ondo town.
became unconscious and by the time I regained my consciousness, I found
myself in a building located inside a thick forest. I didn’t know the
exact town where the forest is located but it is a very thick forest.
and three ladies that had already been kidnapped and kept inside the
building in the forest. The three men that kidnapped us were there
victims and sold their body parts to “big men” customers many of whom
she saw visiting the camp in expensive cars.
vehicles to collect some things in cellophane bags. I knew it had to be
human flesh,” she said.
captors, Olaniyan described her freedom as divine, saying she escaped
while they (captors) were quarrelling with one another. She said she
used the opportunity of the fight of her abductors to escape, alongside
other victims, into the bush.
over money. The money was given to them by one of their customers, who
came and left with something they put in a cellophane bag too.
That was when we used the opportunity to run out of the building in the
forest.” Olaniyan stated.
the forest until she got to Ile-Oluji-Ipetu Ijesa Road, where she met a
lady on the road and asked for directions to Ondo town.
close to Ile-Oluji. Soon after trekking along the road, she explained
that she got to Igbo Oja village near Ondo where she made efforts to
reach her mother on the mobile phone she begged to use from a resident.
other students of the college – Blessing Oladepo and Mary Oluwasemilore –
have been declared missing after they were suspected to have been
kidnappers,who were arrested by the men of the Ondo State Police
Command, confessed to be behind abduction of the female students of the
lucky to have escaped from the den of the hoodlums following what she
described as a divine intervention.
Adeyemi College of Education, Mrs. Seto Olatuyi, said Olaniyan is a
100-level student in the History Department of the institution and
school authorities declared her missing when her friends could not
of the College, Prof. Olukoya Ogen, expressed gratitude for Olaniran’s
safe return and warned the students to always be vigilant in their