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Ritualistic murder: Nigerian cops investigate 'house of horror' case

Nigerian police detectives and forensic science experts announced on the weekend that they were in the midst of a mass-murder or a serial-murder investigation after several human skeletons and other human remains -- mostly bones -- were uncovered inside an old condemned building in the southwest Nigeria city of Ibadan, according to several news reports on Monday.

Three of the skulls discovered in an abandoned building in Nigeria may have been part of a black magic ritual.
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According to Nigerian cops, observers told them some victims of kidnapping are often tortured or used as sacrifices in black magic rituals.

The Nigerian cops also saved the lives of a number of people who had been chained together and left to starve to death but the yet unknown perpetrators, according to reporters in Africa and the Middle East.

The chained prisoners were reportedly malnourished and some were close to death, as well as exhibiting evidence of being tortured by their captives, according to reports.

The police officers had been notified by taxi drivers in the city that a few of their fellow drivers were missing from work.

In the early stages of the investigation, the cops reported they had arrested several suspects in the city.

When police crime scene investigators conducted a search of the abandoned building -- dubbed the "house of horror" by the local news outlets -- they discovered skeletal remains, decomposed corpses, skulls and bones. The investigators also found a large number of bloodstains on the floors of the building. Those found alive were shackled in leg-irons inside the one-story structure.

According to detectives, seven of the living but malnourished human beings -- who appeared as if they were moving, breathing skeletons -- were also rescued from the tall, thick bushes that surround the dilapidated building,

According to the web site Nairaland:

"Juju or black magic used to be very potent in Nigeria especially in the 80's and 90's. Juju comes from the traditional African religion popularly known as voodoo. This includes blood money and spiritual attacks. Some men used to sacrifice the souls of their wives and children just to make money. Some used to sacrifice their friends, siblings, and even their parents just to make money. these people were killed mostly spiritually and their blood converted into money."