A 19-year-old serial killer, Sunday Shodipe, suspected to be behind the killing of Barakat Bello and four others in Akinyele Local Government, Ibadan, Oyo State capital was paraded by the the Oyo state police command yesterday.
This is against the backdrop of lots of killings within the local government in recent times. The rape and murder of Bello Barakat, an 18 years old undergraduate that was killed on the 1st of June, 2020 at Oloro Area of Akinyele was one of the highlights of the killings.
It was announced last week the the suspect connected to the killings had been arrested.
Shodipe, narrated how he goes about killing his victims when he was paraded.
He claimed he worked for Adedokun Yinusa Ajani (50) whosends him out for such assignments and fortifies him with incantations.
The accused herbalist, Adedokun Yinusa Ajani, denied sending Shodipe to kill but claimed Sunday’s mother had brought him to help stop his wayward lifestyle.
The herbalist said after two months, Shodipe mom brought him back to him, asking him to teach him how to become a herbalist.
Ajani deafened himself thus: “He had only spent six days with me when I told him to leave because I was not satisfied with his behaviour and it was not long after that that I was arrested by the police”.
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 stirred the police to launch their investigation net a full-scale investigation.
ShOdipe said whenever he locates his victims, he would hit them with a shovel and when they fall in the pool of their own blood.
Thereafter, he chants 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.
He relied on the words of the suspected herbalist who assured him that nobody would come around during the period of his operation. He said after the operation, he would return to the herbalist, who would make some incantations again.
He was oblivious of the reasons he did the killings but admitted the herbalist just sends him on the errands and a Techno mobile phone, an iPhone Xs Max, and one Itel phone were recovered by the police.
The state Commissioner of Police, Joe Nwachukwu Enwonwu, said the suspects were arrested after recovering the phone of one of the victims from one Shehu Usman.
The commissioner added that upon interrogation, Shehu denied involvement in any crime but gave useful information which subsequently led to the arrest of Shodipe and Ajani.
The police boss said the suspects were responsible for the killings of Wasilat Adeola, Barakat Bello, Grace Oshiagwu, Mojeed Tirimisiyu, who was just five years old, and the attack on Adeola Azeez and her daughter, Dolapo Oyeyemi, who both survived.
The police paraded four other suspected ritualists and one of them,
Abiodun Oladejo (35) was allegedly responsible for the killing of a woman, Oluwasayo Fagbemi, who was killed in front of her house at Sasa area on June 24, while washing plates at about 5:40 a.m.
Three other suspects were also arrested in connection with the killing and another attempted murder case.
Speaking to newsmen, Olasoji confessed to how he killed Fagbemi with a stick and wiped her blood with a handkerchief for ritual purposes.