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Oyo state police command parade three suspects in connection to killings in Akinyele area of Ibadan

Valentine Chinyem

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The Oyo State Police Command on Friday paraded three suspects in connection with the rape and killings of about five female victims at Akinyele Local Government Area of Ibadan, the state capital.

The five victims were killed on different days and at different locations within Akinyele area in June this year.

Those killed includes an 18-year-old teenager, Barakat Bello, a pregnant woman, Azeezat Shomuyiwa, 21-year-old student, Grace Oshiagwu, Olusayo Fagbemi, and a five-year old boy, identified only as Mujeeb.

More so, a 45-year-old woman, Adeola Bamidele, and her daughter, Dolapo Bamidele, who were also attacked in June are said to be recurperating at an undisclosed hospital.

This was made known on Friday by Nwachuckwu Enwonwu, the state commissioner of police, who paraded the suspects as well as other criminal elements in the state for offences ranging from armed robbery to defilement, motorcycle theft, among others.

Giving their names as Sunday Sodipe, Adedokun Yinusa and Shehu Usman, the commissioner said, items recovered from the suspects include one shovel, one techno mobile phone, one iPhone Xmax and one Itel phone.

However, the 19-year-old suspect said he was sent on the mission by a 50-year-old herbalist, whom he claimed was his master.

“Anytime I’m to go for the killing, baba will give me some charms and also teach me some incantation to be recited so that nobody will see me at the scene of the crime,” he said.

“I will hit the victims with a shovel and recite the incantation immediately I saw blood coming out of the victims’ body.

“Baba instructed me to always move around the victims at the scene after killing them and then turn my back on them, staying there for like three minutes; which I did and nobody will see me.

“Baba said the spirits of the victims will come to him after I killed them. Baba did not tell me the reason for the killings, but does buy me food and gives me N500 after each of the killings I carried out for him.”

But the herbalist denied the accusations, saying the suspect was brought to him by his parents to learn about herbs.

“The boy was brought to me in 2016 and only spent six days with me and I sent him away and since then I have not seen him,” the herbalist said.

“I only saw him some days ago when he came with the police, though I do give him food.”

The CP revealed that the 19-year-old suspect was arrested through a phone he stole from one of the victims, Azeezat Shomuyiwa, and he later led operatives of the special anti-robbery squad to the hideout of the herbalist.

He added that the suspects mode of operation was to target female victims and attack them with dangerous weapons, rob them before hacking them to death.

According to him,  the suspect confessed to masterminding various criminal activities within Ojo’o, Akinyele and Moniya areas of Ibadan.

“He attacked and killed an 18-year-old, Barakat Bello, on June 1; attacked and killed 21-year-old Grace Oshiagwu on June 13; killed five-year-old Mojeed Tirimisiyu on June 22, all in Akinyele,” Enwonwu said.

“His last operation was carried out on June 29 when he attacked Mrs Adeola Azeez and her daughter with a shovel.

“The duo were seriously injured on the head. He carted away their phones and money. The victims are currently responding to treatment at the hospital.”