In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 21st, August, 2020

Police Caught Napping As Ibadan Group’s Hope Stands On Hunters, OPC

Police Caught Napping As Ibadan Community's Hope Stands On Hunters, OPC

A number of the suspected killers

Olufemi Olaniyi writes on how the escape of a suspected serial ritual killer from police custody has heightened residents’ worry within the Akinyele Native Authorities Space, Ibadan, Oyo State, which has recently turned to a nest of killers

The Akinyele Native Authorities Space, a a part of the Ibadan metropolis, has been within the information recently for a fallacious motive following unexplainable killings that make many residents of Oyo State to imagine that the world is quick turning into the Biblical Golgotha.

The native authorities space has many necessary landmarks, together with part of the College of Ibadan. It additionally hosts the Nigeria Institute of Social and Financial Analysis, the Worldwide Institute of Tropical Agriculture and the 2nd Mechanised Division of the Nigerian Military.

The native authorities, which was carved out of the Ibadan Municipal Authorities, is metropolitan in nature as areas like Ojoo, Moniya, Sasa and Orogun are populated by indigenes and non- indigenes alike.

Many residents stated the native authorities space had by no means been terrorised by killers like it’s at present experiencing. With studies of formality killings coming from the world commonly, its infamy has unfold outdoors the shores of the nation and this reminds most of the Ibadan forest of horror often called Soka, which was by accident found in 2014.

In June alone, 5 individuals have been killed by suspected ritual killers within the Akinyele Native Authorities Space. The method through which the prowling killers snuffed lives out of their victims recommend that they have been used for ritual functions and the rising want of a number of the youth to get wealthy fast utilizing diabolical means additional fuels this suspicion.

The killers smashed the pinnacle of a 29-year-old pregnant lady, Azeezat Shomuyiwa, with a stone. Azeezat was stated to be about seven-month pregnant when the assailants smashed her head and ended her life in a violent approach.

Barakat Bello was raped and killed by the prison(s) lurking within the space and a 5 –year-old boy, Mujeed Tirimisiyu, was equally gruesomely hacked to dying.

A feminine undergraduate of the Oke Ogun Polytechnic, Saki, Grace Oshiagwu, was additionally killed by the criminals in the Akinyele Native Authorities Space and the perpetrators additionally reduce quick the lifetime of 42-year-old Mrs Olusayo Fagbemi.

Reacting to the rising insecurity within the space and the embarrassment, which the criminals working there have been inflicting the state and the police, the Commissioner of Police in Oyo State, Mr Nwachukwu Enwonwu, in June introduced the relocation of his workplace to Moniya in order to have the ability to cease the pattern.

The Deputy Commissioners of Police, Operations and Felony Investigation Division, and different prime officers additionally relocated with their boss to the killers’ nest to unravel the thriller behind the murders, which the police admitted appeared like ritual killings.

The relocation of the police prime brass ultimately paid off as shortly after, some suspects have been arrested, together with an herbalist recognized as Yinusa Adedokun, and his hit man, 19-year-old Sunday Shodipe. They have been arrested alongside suspected armed robbers and different criminals, and have been paraded earlier than journalists to present that the police have been on prime of the state of affairs.

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The confession

Shodipe confessed to killing a number of the victims and stated he was despatched by the herbalist, whom he stated was his grasp. He added that Adedokun used to offer him meals and N500 after every killing.

 

said, “Anytime I needed to go for killing, Baba (Adedokun) would give me some charms and in addition educate me some incantations to recite in order that no one would see me on the scene of the crime. I’d hit the sufferer with a shovel and recite the incantation instantly I see blood popping out of the sufferer’s physique.

“Baba instructed me to at all times transfer across the victims on the scene after killing them after which flip my again at them, and keep there for like three minutes, which I did and no one would see me. Baba stated the spirits of the victims would come to him after I had killed them. Baba didn’t inform me the explanation for the killings, however he would purchase meals for me and provides me N500 after every killing I carried out for him.”

Though the herbalist confirmed that Shodipe was delivered to him as an apprentice, he denied sending him on a mission to kill. He stated the boy spent simply six days with him and he despatched him away, as a result of he suspected that he was wayward, including that he was shocked when he noticed him bringing some policemen to his residence.

Residents of the world have been relieved that the troublemakers had been arrested however their pleasure was shortlived because the killings have continued.

Barely 4 days after Shodipe and Adedokun have been nabbed, a gang of formality killers additionally struck and killed a 16-year-old woman, recognized merely as Toke. Her dad and mom have been stated to have despatched her on an errand to purchase gasoline to energy their generator attributable to energy outage. The woman’s corpse was found in a bush off the Ibadan-Oyo Highway the next day after frantic seek for her.

After some days, the police arraigned the suspects arrested in reference to the killings earlier than a magistrates’ court docket. However shortly after their arraignment, some residents of the world raised the alarm that Shodipe was sighted locally once more.

Many didn’t imagine the story however two days after, the hoodlums resumed their operations, killing defenceless individuals. This time, a lady recognized as Funmilayo Oladejo was attacked on Thursday night, however her scream attracted residents, who rushed to the scene to rescue her and this compelled her assailants to flee.

The lady was rushed to the College Faculty Hospital, Ibadan, however she died on Friday. Her dying sparked off a protest, which later turned violent and policemen have been stoned by the irate youths.

The worry of the residents was confirmed on Sunday when the police admitted that Shodipe had escaped from their custody.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Mr Olugbenga Fadeyi, stated in an announcement, “The Commissioner of Police, Oyo State Command, Joe Nwachukwu Enwonwu, needs to state that the prime suspect within the serial killings within the Akinyele Native Authorities Space, Moniya, Ibadan, Oyo State, one Sunday Shodipe, 19, has escaped.

“The suspect was arrested and paraded together with two others on the Oyo State Police Command on July 17, 2020, and later charged and was remanded in police custody; he escaped from lawful custody on August 11, 2020.

“The suspect’s escape from detention has generated quite a lot of criticisms and a few imagine that some unscrupulous police personnel knew about this escape.”

Fadeyi urged the residents of the world and the state to not resort to jungle justice, however to at all times hand over suspects to the police and guaranteed them that there can be no cover-up.

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The Alakinyele of Akinyele, Oba James Odeniran, expressed shock on the escape of the suspect from police custody. He stated such couldn’t be potential with out the collaboration of some dangerous eggs within the police drive.

The monarch requested, “How did somebody in the custody of the police escape? That factors to one thing fishy. Instantly the suspect escaped, the very first thing we anticipated was for the police to declare him needed.”

Shocked by the incident, Governor Seyi Makinde ordered the police to re-arrest the fleeing teenager and make certain he was introduced again to proceed his trial. The governor gave the order by his Particular Adviser on Safety, Fatai Owoseni, who’s a former Commissioner of Police in Lagos State.

Proffering options to the killings in the world, the Head of Soludero Hunters, Nurein Ajijolaanabi, advised our correspondent that the hunters wanted to be supported to rid the world of prison components. He stated the hunters had been working with the police, however famous that they wanted automobiles to have the ability to transfer with out hindrance.

Ajijolaanabi said, “It isn’t troublesome to get these criminals arrested. We’re those doing the work; we all know all over the place and we comb the forests, however we want the authorities to help us to be simpler. We hunters use our cash and sources for what we’re doing; we’re not being paid salaries. We don’t have automobiles, however we nonetheless handle do every part. We arrested the prime suspect.

“The Soludero hunters have been accountable for the arrests made in Akinyele thus far. Even the Commissioner of Police acknowledged our efforts the day the boy (Shodipe) was apprehended and he gave us N100,000.

“Prof. Banji Akintoye of the Yoruba World Congress gave us one SUV and two bikes just lately to encourage us to do extra. If we now have three or 4 patrol automobiles, we all know the nooks and crannies of Akinyele; we are going to fish the criminals out. But when we go contained in the bush and make arrests, are we going to ask the criminals to attend for us to go and rent automobiles to convey us to the city? We’ve got what it takes to rid the place of criminals. We want patrol automobiles.”

The Director, Institute for Peace and Strategic Research, College of Ibadan, Prof. Tajudeen Akanji, advised our correspondent that supporting the hunters and different locals to assemble data would assist the police to be simpler in stopping criminals from additional tormenting the individuals of the world.

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Akanji additionally prompt that unemployment among the many youth needs to be addressed, whereas inter-agency cooperation among the many numerous safety companies would even be of nice assist.

He said, “Policing is healthier finished by the group individuals, who perceive the terrain and know the nooks and crannies of the place. That’s the reason persons are advocating group policing. The police have fewer personnel and most of them have been posted from outdoors the world; all these will have an effect on their efficiency.

“We actually want inter-agency cooperation and the residents as effectively. The criminals will proceed to search out methods to escape if safety companies proceed to compete quite than cooperate amongst themselves. There may be nothing fallacious if the hunters and others in that class are assisted. They’ll collect intelligence for the police and make their job simpler.”

Akintoye additionally hailed the Soludero hunters for being skilled in finishing up their duties. Akintoye, who represented the outdated Ondo State on the Senate on the platform of the Unity Social gathering of Nigeria, stated the hunters have been effectively educated and didn’t interact in prison actions.

He stated, “Soludero is an ideal instance of what our youths needs to be doing. They go after marauders, bandits and all criminals, however they don’t kill and so they don’t torture them. They have a approach of disarming the criminals and handing them over to the police for additional investigation and prosecution.

“They’re very cheap and that’s why the Yoruba World Congress assisted them. I believe their story ought to be advised and if the federal government can help them in a approach, they may do higher.”

The Nationwide President of the Yoruba Youth Socio-Cultural Affiliation, Mr Hammed Olalekan, stated the police should do every part potential to arrest the fleeing suspect and restore the arrogance of the individuals within the drive.

The youth chief stated teams just like the Soludero Hunters, Agbekoya and the Oodua Folks’s Congress in addition to the residents should be carried alongside by the police and the federal government to rid Akinyele of the prowling killers.

He said, “The information of the escape of the suspect was greeted with disbelief, as a result of no one thought that may occur. This type of factor could frustrate the efforts of the Soludero hunters, who’re risking their lives to go after these criminals contained in the forests. I believe the Oyo State Authorities ought to help these hunters to encourage them to do extra. They’re those making the arrests and the police are taking the glory. They need to be assisted to work higher.”

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