The spate of ritual killings and Kidnapping in the northern senatorial area of Ondo state and the grave silence by the government and security agencies appeared to have forced traditional rulers to stand up.

From all indications, ritualists and kidnappers in the Akoko area of the state seem to have beaten all security agencies to the game and have become seemingly unstoppable.

Despite the constant assurance of nipping the inhumanity in the bud by the divisional police command in the area, the signs that these gang are fully in charge of the business are obvious.

In less than 60 days, about 7 ritual killings and several kidnapping cases were reported to have taken place in the area without a single person being apprehended in connection with the crimes.

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This therefore formed the basis of royal fathers from Ikare, Isua, Ikun and other parts of Akoko that have been worse hit by the development, to seek help from the spiritual realm.

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According to Oba Olokunbola Adedoyin, the Onikun of Ikun Akoko, the time has come for people to take their destiny in their own hands.

"We have cried to the state government, we have cried to the state commissioner of police, but it seems nobody is hearing our voice and that is why we decided to take our destiny in our hand.

"Our people are being killed and kidnapped almost on weekly basis. And we have come to terms that if we don't help ourselves, nobody is ready to help us. We believe in our ancestors and that is why we decided to invoke their spirit to fight our course." He submitted.

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According to Chief Lucky Oyetukasi of Isua Akoko, the essence of the traditional rite being carried out by the monarchs is to invoke the wrath of gods on the ritualists and kidnappers that are tormenting the area.

"We only do this when we find ourselves in a helpless situation like this. It is not the kind of rite any king can do. The only time we do it is the time of war when we need protection from the god of our ancestors.

"But as things stand now, we don't have a choice than to embark on it and in few days’ time, people will begin to see the result."

With the necessary traditional rites being performed by the custodians of tradition in the land, members of these communities are fervently hoping that these criminals meet their waterloo.

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