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General News of Wednesday, 1 December 2021


24-year-old lady lured with fake job offer, kidnapped and impregnated by abductors

Mercy Mercy

A 24-year-old lady, simply identified as Mercy has escaped from a kidnapper's den after being lured with a fake lucrative job offer in Italy.

Mercy, who is based in Warri, Delta State, was informed by a friend that there was a woman in Lagos State ready to help them to work in Italy as sales attendants in stores and stewards for rich clients.

She left Warri for Lagos State in October 2020 with her friend, who was also tricked to believe the trip was real.

But Mercy and her friend did not travel to Italy as they thought. She was drugged along with her friend, who has now lost her life, in a location in Surulere, Lagos.

They became unconscious for some time and only realised that they were in danger when they found themselves in a forest.

According to a source, she found other women who were in the forest, and they were starved, raped daily, and beaten.

Mercy and many of the victims fell sick at various times while in captivity with some of them dying in the process.

The body parts of those who died were sold to ritualists.

After spending around nine months inside this den, Mercy, her late friend and two others summoned the courage to escape from the place.

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.

"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 stated.

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