Why are more people seeking juju to transform their fortunes in Osun state?

Police officers have demolished another purported ritualist den in a village within Ifon-Osun, the headquarters of Orolu Local Government Area.

The den was located in Isangbe, a remote hamlet of seven buildings; about two and half hours drive from the state capital, Osogbo.

Three of the buildings were apparently used by the ritualist syndicate for their operations.

Other residents said though they knew of their evil deeds, the fear for their lives barred them from reporting to security agencies.

Elisha Oluwafemi, a farmer and resident of the village said, as small as the hamlet is, none of them could confront them unless such a person was ready to die.

"They told us they were herbalists, but they hid under it to commit all sorts of evil deeds. 

"They have many customers male and female. We could not tell anyone because we were afraid they could send hired killers to kill us if they find out."

A popular junction called Jamodo in Ifon Osun town is said to be the usual converging point where the ritualists gathered for leisure.

According to another resident who prefers his name not mentioned, "We are happy because everyone is free of their evil deeds. The people are afraid because most times they threaten to maim and attack the villagers."

Deputy Commissioner of Police, Aminu Koji who led the operation said police intelligence network gave the den out as people in the area could not come out on their own to report the crime.

"We don’t allow this type of thing to occur within a community. From what you saw here you will agree with me that there were so much criminal activities going on here. Cultism, voodooism and other nefarious activities were going on here," he said.

One person was arrested at the location as the police continues its investigation.

This becomes the fifth ritualist den found in Osun state within the last six months, a source of worry and concern for security agencies in the state.