The Oyo state police command today paraded a 19-year-old man, Sunday Shodipe, suspected to be behind the killing of Barakat Bello and four others in Akinyele Local Government, Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.
CANDIIDONLINE recalls that there have been lots of killings within the local government in recent times. Notable among them is the rape and murder of Bello Barakat, an 18 years old undergraduate that was killed on the first of June, 2020 at Oloro Area of Akinyele.
On June 5, a pregnant woman, Azeezat Shomuyiwa‘s head was smashed with a stone. On June 13, Grace Oshiagwu, a female student of Oke-Ogun Polytechnic, was killed in the local government and on June 22, a 5 year-old-boy, Mujeeb, was also hacked to death inside his compound in the local government area.
This prompted the police to begin a full-scale investigation.
Last week, the command announced that the suspects linked to the killings have been arrested.
While being paraded, the suspected serial killer, Sunday Shodipe, recounted how he goes about killing his victims. He said a certain herbalist who he worked for, Adedokun Yinusa Ajani (50), sends him out for such assignments.
He said anytime he wanted to go for the operation, the herbalist would instruct him to kneel down in front of him and he would make some incantations and then put something on his tongue three times.
According to Sunday Shodipe, whenever he locates his victims, he would hit them with a shovel and when they fall in the pool of their own blood, he would make some incantations and move around the body three times and then place the body on his back for about five minutes with his eyes closed before leaving the scene.
When asked if he was not afraid that anybody could come around while backing the body, the suspected serial killer said the herbalist had told him that nobody would come around during the period. He said after the operation, he would return to the herbalist, who would make some incantations again.
When asked for the reasons for the killings, Sunday said he didn’t know as it was the herbalist who was just sending him on such errands.