A man identified as Kayode Michael was on Thursday caught by residents of Danjuma area of Akure, Ondo State, with a bag containing women’s underwear and sanitary pads.
The man was almost lynched by a mob after he was caught with the nylon bag containing the items.
Prior to this, there had been reports from different parts of Nigeria that female underwears were sought after for ritual purposes.
Ritualists often send out errand boys and girls, who help get the panties.
Female agents are also used to collect male underwears from men after sex.
However, the Danjuma residents accused Micheal of either intending to use the underwear for ritual purposes or selling them to ritualists.
According to a source, some of the female items found in the bag that the suspect was carrying included different used pants, bras and a blood-soaked sanitary pad.
“People saw him picking female underwear around the area, but when he was questioned, he could not give a convincing answer. So, the people felt he wanted to use them for rituals.”
“As he could not give answer to the questions put to him, people started beating him, they wanted to kill him; but he was later rescued and handed over to the security agents.”
Another account said, “The man (Micheal) was caught by Okada riders in Danjuma area of Akure while he was picking female pants and bras.”
“He also picked a fresh sanitary pad soaked with blood. Nobody knew what he wanted to use them for. But he has been handed over to men of the Civil Defence Corps, Ondo Command.”
Spokesman of Ondo State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Oladapo Samuel, confirmed the incident.
He said the suspect was still in the custody of the corps while investigation had started on the matter.
Samuel explained that the relatives of the suspect had visited the Command, claiming he was mentally-challenged and that he was fond of picking refuse around the town.