A 13-year-old Emmanuela, student of Shadoff Secondary school situated in Igbogbo area of Lagos miraculously escaped being used for rituals after she was abducted on her way to fellowship and faith clinic service.
Narrating her ugly ordeal in the ritualits’ den, the visibly elated
Emmanuela said that 10 other victims were used for rituals right in her
presence. She disclosed that when it was her turn to be killed, God
miraculously set her free.
According to her, “I entered the bus from Igbogbo around 7pm. I was
going to my church for our Thursday vigil. When I entered the bus, I
noticed that all the passengers in the bus were sleeping. They were
about ten. I felt something was wrong and I quickly told the driver to
stop for me that I had forgotten my transport fare at home.
“The conductor then said that I should not worry that he would not
collect money from me. I insisted I would get down, shouting that I was
going to church and I would not be able to come back home even if he did
not collect money from me. But he refused. As we were arguing on that,
the conductor immediately brought out a handkerchief and waved it on my
face and that was the last thing I remembered.
“I then saw myself at a shrine with other victims. The following day
at the shrine, they began to kill others with knife and machete one
after the other. Although we were blindfolded, yet, I was able to see a
bit of what was going on. They decided Sunday would be my turn when they
would conclude their rituals.”
“We were there without food or water, and when it got to my turn on
Sunday, I was taken to the shrine again along with the remaining two.
But I heard one of them saying ‘no, they should return me back to where
they picked me. We were three left out of about eleven people.”
She added: But instead of returning me back to where they picked me ,
they kept me somewhere. The following day which was Monday, they took
the three of us back to the shrine. The other two were killed that day,
leaving only me. One of them again told the men that they should look
for another person to replace me and that they should return me
But they refused, saying that they cannot return me and that they
should manage and use me like that. After the argument, I was laid at
the shrine, at that point, with the little consciousness I had, I was
praying, I was weak and could not even move my body. I realised that the
killer could not bring his knife on me. The next thing I heard was that
‘take this girl away’.
Again, that was what I saw until I found myself at the Ita Elewa, Ikorodu late at night.”
Speaking further, Emmanuela said: “It was dark, I didn’t know how I
got there; I just suddenly discovered I was out of their hands, but I
was very weak. There, I saw a man in a suit walking on the street. I
approached him and asked him where I was? He told me Ita-Elewa; I begged
him to take me to my church because it was very close to the area they
dropped me. He obliged me. When I entered the church, I fell and lay by
“As a member of the drama group, we usually hold drama rehearsals
every Tuesdays. So, it was co-incidental that the members of the group
were there at that time.
“Somebody who was sent by our leader to check the gate saw me and took me inside, prayed for me and gave me food to eat.
“Throughout my stay there, I was never hungry, until I came out.”
Emmanuella further explained that the materials and accessories used
by the ritualists included charms, knives, machetes among other weapons.
She added that it was a lonely area, “there is no living house in the
area. I really don’t know the place, but what I saw there were things
used by ritualists. I can’t really say whether it was in Ikododu or its
outskirts and I can’t determine the time we spent on the road because I
didn’t even know how I got there.”
Speaking on Emmanuela’s divine freedom, her grandmother said: “It was
on a Thursday and we use to have our Faith Clinic in the Church. The
Drama group which she belongs, had a vigil and she was going to attend
that vigil when she left home. Usually, she comes home after the vigil
the following morning around 6:30am. But that Friday, I was expecting
her to come but she did not come.
I initially thought she slept off in the church. Three hours later, I
called the leader, and to my amazement, he said she didn’t come to
church. I rushed down to the church to tell them when and how she left
home the previous day. The following day, I reported the matter at
Ikorodu police station.
I also reported to our Pastor and other Churches in the area for
prayers. Throughout this period, I was devastated. I knew something was
wrong because I knew she couldn’t stay outside for days without seeing
me. I have always trusted her. She has grown to know me very well, she
has been with me since she was born.
I know what she is capable of doing. She finds it difficult to stay
outside our home even when I traveled out of town. So, I knew something
terrible was about to happen to her. I told people she must have been
kidnapped or held somewhere. So, I engaged pastors to help me in
prayers. But the revelation from all angles was that she was alive and
My son went to Ajegunle to see a man-of-God and we were assured she
would come back. He was even told to mention the day we want her to
return. My brother said tomorrow being Tuesday, and the man-of-God said
she will come back either Monday or Tuesday. I vacated my house at
Igbogbo to my sister’s house at Sabo to keep in touch with people who
assist me in prayers.
“I thank God for her divine freedom; it is only God that can do such.” She added