The Oyo State police have arrested a 19-year-old boy, Sunday Sodipe, in connection with the ritual killing of six persons in Akinyele Local Government Area of the State in June 2020.
The State’s Commissioner of Police, Nwachukwu Enwonwu, paraded the suspect, as well as one herbalist, Adedokun Ajani, 50, that has allegedly been sending Sodipe to carry out the dastardly operations, and one Shehu Usman, 20, who bought a phone stolen by Sodipe from one of his victims.
Fielding questions from journalists, Sodipe said he killed Barakat Bello, 18, on June 1, 2020, smashed the head Mrs. Azeezat Somuyiwa with a big stone on June 5, 2020, and stole her phone, which he sold to Usman.
Sodipe stated further that he also killed Grace Oshiagwu, 21, on Saturday June 13, 2020. He also said he was behind the killing of a 5-year-old boy, Mujib Tirimisiyu, on June 22, 2020.
He said his last operation was carried out on June 29, 2020 when he brutally attacked a woman, Adeola Azeezat, 45, and her daughter, Dolapo, 23, with hand shovel.
He explained that anytime he wanted to go for the operation, the herbalist would instruct him to kneel down in front of him and he (Ajani) would make some incantations and then put something on his tongue three times.
Sodipe said whenever he located his victims, he would hit them with a shovel and when they laid in a pool of their blood, he would make some incantations and move around the body three times and then back it for about five minutes with his eyes closed before leaving the scene.
He added that after the operation, he would return to the herbalist, who would make some incantations again, buy food for him and give him N500. 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.