Two men, Babatunde Akinola and Oguntoyinbo Odunayo, have been arrested by the Ekiti State police command for alleged murder of one Miss Olomola Kehinde. Kehinde was allegedly stabbed in the neck last week in Igede Ekiti, Irepodun-Ifelodun Local Government Area but she later died at the Federal Teaching Hospital, Ido-Ekiti.
Also arrested by the command were eight suspected cultists believed to be operating in Igede and Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, in recent times. The suspected cultists are Babatunde Jimoh, Shittu Dayo, Tope Adeleye, Omowaye Rotimi, Akinola Ajisafe, Femi Felix, Adebayo Tope and Tope Oluwabusuyi.
A student of the Federal University, Oye Ekiti, Bamigboye Tolulope, was also paraded for allegedly raping a female victim in the community.
Speaking during the parade of suspects at Police Headquarters yesterday, Commissioner of Police, Mr. Bello Ahmed, disclosed that the murder suspects were arrested after a distress call was received from the deceased’s twin sister, Taiwo.
Parading the suspects in Ado Ekiti, Ahmed said the murder suspects, Odunayo and Akinola, allegedly stabbed the victim in the neck while perpetrating the killing. Ahmed, who spoke through the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Caleb Ikechukwu, said the incident occurred on August 28 at Ilamoye area of Igede Ekiti.
The CP revealed that Olomola died after she was rushed to the Federal Teaching Hospital, Ido Ekiti for medical treatment from the machete cut. “A team of police operatives upon investigation found one long axe with blood stain at the scene of the crime and that the two suspects, who had direct connection with the murder were immediately picked up and are being thoroughly grilled to be able to extract useful information from them”.
He said the suspects would be arraigned in court soon after the conclusion of the investigation by detectives. Ahmed added that the suspected cultists, who were alleged to belong to Aye and Eiye confraternities were arrested at Odo Igede on August 29.
The police chief explained that all the suspects had confessed membership of the secret societies and that the command is perfecting charges against them to serve as deterrent to other.
He added that the rape suspect, Bamgboye, was arrested in Oye Ekiti after threatening violence and forcefully had a carnal knowledge of a victim (names withheld) in the town. He said the suspect had confessed to the crime and would be prosecuted as soon as the command gathers more evidence to substantiate its case.
Ahmed said: “In our continued determination to fight crime and criminality in Ekiti, our operatives shall continue to clamp down on those trying to undermine the security of this peaceful state.
“I want to enjoin all Ekiti citizens to be security conscious, vigilant, and report any untoward incident or happening observed in their locality to the nearest police station or call the control room number 08062335577.”
Meanwhile, the Kwara State police command at the weekend arrested two middle-aged ladies among 13 other suspects, following a clash between some persons suspected to be members of the Badoo confraternity and vigilance group in Ilorin, the state capital.
The police said the suspected leader of the group is now at large while those in custody would be charged to court this week. The suspects mostly indigenes of Ilorin and students, according to police sources, were arrested at various locations in Adeta, Oloje, Pakata, Omoda, Ita Kudimo, Alfa Yahaya, Ita-Amo and Isale Jagun where the clash actually took place.
It was gathered that the suspected cultists had last week clashed with members of the vigilance group during a ceremony at Isale Jagun area, Okelele in Ilorin East local government area. The suspected cultists were said to have organised a prayer programme and hired the vigilance group men to keep watch during the event.
But a member of the vigilance group in the area claimed that they were on a peace mission to settle the fight among the boys when they came under attack. “The event started well but it got to a point when no one could understand the message being passed by those boys among themselves. They all wore white T-shirt with Badoo inscribed on it”, a source in the area said, pleading not to be identified in public.”
The source added that effort by the vigilante men to unravel what was happening was met by an attack from the cult members. “To disperse the crowd, the Badoo boys shot sporadically into the air and just as the vigilante men were trying to calm the situation, the boys shot at the security men. However, to the surprise of everyone, the vigilante kept deflecting the bullets by brushing it down.” the source said.