The victim, Miss Tonia Ibelefa, 25, was travelling in company of two male relations in a private car when the incident occurred.
Eyewitness told Vanguard that the armed ritualists blocked the expressway, dragged the University of Port Harcourt graduate out of the car and took her into the bush, adding that the two male family members with the girl surrendered her at gun point.
“She is the one we want and you must surrender her,” the ritualists told the two men, according to the witness.
The witness said the matter was immediately reported to the police in the area who launched a manhunt for the criminals to no avail.
Messages were also said to have been sent to the girl’s family in Port Harcourt who also reported the case to the police who immediately declared a case of missing person.
Thinking that it was a case of kidnap, the family waited to hear from the abductors but got no information about her whereabout.
However, the ritualists last Thursday called the parents through the number obtained from their victim’s phone, advising them to pick up the corpse of their daughter at a junction very close to where the incident happened.
Elder sister of the deceased confirmed that that family had since recovered the corpse, which still looked very fresh at the time of recovery, giving an indication that she was not killed immediately she was kidnapped.