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Another lady raped and killed in Ibadan, as police suspects ritual killing

Valentine Chinyem

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Another lady, Mrs. Azeezat Somuyiwa has been raped and murdered in Aba Eko area of Akinyele Local Government, in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital.

The victim was said to be pregnant when the ugly incident took place on Thursday night.

This is coming barely a week after another lady, Barakat Bello, a student of the Department of Science Laboratory Technology (SLT), Federal College of Animal Health and Production, Moor Plantation, Ibadan, was raped and murdered on June 1st at Oloro area of Kara, same Akinyele community, Ibadan.

It was earlier believed that the victim who graduated from the University of Ilorin, was running her Master’s program in the University of Ibadan, but was later revealed by the police that she was only a resident in the area, not a Master student as rumoured.

However, spokesman of the Oyo State Police Command, Olugbenga Fadeyi, while speaking on the incident on Thursday, said the rate at which rape and murder is being carried out, ritual killings can not be over-ruled.

According to him, the victim’s head was smashed with a stone.

Fadeyi said: “The police are aware of the dastardly killing of one Baraka Bello (female), 18-year-old of Oloro Area, Kara, Akinyele Local Government Area of Oyo State on 31st May, and one Azezat Somuyiwa (female) aged 29 years of Ijefun Community, Akinyele Moniya Local Government Area, on 5th June.

“The Commissioner of Police wishes to use this medium to put the records straight that Azezat Somuyiwa of Ijefun Community, Moniya, that was killed in the early hours of 5th June, by some assailants was smashed with stone on her head.

“The deceased is not a post-graduate student of the University of Ibadan as widely circulated on social media. Her murder seems similar to that of a ritual killing.”

More so, he added that the commissioner of police has relocated his office to the area along with the Deputy Commissioners of Police in charge of Operations, and Criminal Investigation Department (CID), as well as Area Commander Moniya, and Divisional Police Officers in charge of Moniya and Ojoo, along with all the police tactical teams, in the company of some officials of the state government.

This is to expedite investigation and ensure the culprits are brought to book.

He added that, ”Consequent upon this, the CP wishes to further use this medium to thank the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed A. Adamu NPM,mni, the Government and people of Oyo State, the Traditional Leaders, Leaders of thought, Political Leaders, family members and others for their patience and understanding; while reiterating the police in Oyo State assurance to get to the root of the matter.

”He equally advised members of the public to be wary of these hoodlums in our midst who carried out this heinous crime that is inimical to our safety and security and as well threatening our corporate existence.

”He nonetheless seized the opportunity to sensitize the members of the public to be extra vigilant and security conscious. The CP equally enjoined all and sundry to be at alert and also clear nearby bushes in their various communities.

”He reiterated the command’s resolve to continue to rejig our security architecture for maximum protection of lives and property of the good people of Oyo State, while he sternly warns the criminals to relocate from Oyo State as the Police in Oyo State Command are battle ready to crush any individuals or criminal gangs, who is bent on disturbing the relative peace and tranquility being enjoyed by the good people of Oyo State.

”He urged all the good people of Oyo State to continue to go about their lawful businesses without any fear of molestation or threat from any quarters as adequate security measures have been emplaced to respond promptly to any security threats from any individuals or groups.”