The social media has been awash with disturbing reports of mysterious snatching and disappearances of male reproductive organs in some parts of Nigeria, particularly in Lokoja, the capital of Kogi State. It is alleged that the perpetrators "steal" the genital organs through a handshake, bodily contact, exchange of pleasantries, and other means using diabolic powers.
Some of the unverified reports and mind-boggling video clips being circulated on social media in the past few days suggest confession of involvement by the unknown individuals for ritualistic purposes. This alarming and inexplicable development has sent palpable fear into residents of Lokoja since it was reported a few days ago even as the number of unofficial cases being reported continues to rise.
It has also come to the attention of the Management of Federal University Lokoja (FUL) that some of its students are said to be among the victims of these alleged incidents that are threatening the very essence of human existence, posing a growing concern in the Confluence city which needed to be arrested forthwith to avoid escalation in the coming days.
Despite the widespread claims and online videos, there is a view that this may be a myth and should be taken with caution. One major security agency has also refuted the veracity of the reports, labeling them as rumours and conjecture. They urged the public to dismiss the worrisome claims. The agency stated that medical examinations of reported cases have not yielded evidence of stolen genitals. However, they assured that further investigations are underway to unravel the mystery that has caused fear and suspicion, particularly among the male population.
FUL Management, therefore, urges both staff and students to exercise heightened vigilance, avoid panic, and refrain from unnecessary interactions that might expose them to potential risks. It is advised to err on the side of caution and maintain a state of alertness and prayerfulness.
We hope that relevant authorities will promptly intervene, intensify investigations, and restore confidence and normalcy.
Please stay safe.
Public Affairs Unit, Federal University Lokoja