Ritual killer arrested in Kwara

A suspected ritual killer, Alade James of Alawe compound Offa, Offa local government area of Kwara State has been arrested by the operatives of the state police command.

This is just as the Kwara State Police command alerted of rising cases of ritual killing in some parts of the state in recent time, saying that the suspected ritual killer was arrested in Offa at the weekend.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Okasanmi Ajayi, in a statement on Sunday, said that the suspect was arrested while burying a corpse of a nine year old girl, Faith Samuel of Onireke area Offa, that he allegedly killed at Ikotun area of same town. 

The Police spokesperson, who said that the suspected ritual killer was arrested on Saturday evening, added that the corpse of the girl was recovered with a N1,000 note buried with it.

“At about 18:12hours of Saturday 25/9/2021, acting on an actionable intelligence, a team of police men arrested a man by name Alade James of Alawe compound Offa, in the process of burying a corpse at Ikotun area of Offa. Preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect had killed and was burying the nine year old girl by name Faith Samuel of Onireke area Offa.

“The corpse was recovered with a N1,000 note buried with it and deposited at the mortuary after certifying her dead by a doctor, for autopsy. The suspect confessed to the killing for money making ritual. 

“The parents of the deceased have been contacted while the Commissioner of Police Kwara State Command, CP Tuesday Assayomo, has ordered a discreet investigation into the murder.”

The Police command also recalled that on Friday, September 24, 2021, at about 06:40hours, it received an information about the kidnap of one Kafayat Jamiu ‘Female’, 25 years old, of Olupo farm settlement, Eruku, Ekiti local government area of Kwara state, while sleeping in her room by unidentified gun men. 

“The command’s tactical teams in conjunction with local hunters and vigilantes were dispatched by the commissioner of police to the bushes for a search, rescue and possible arrest of the kidnappers.

“The efforts yielded a positive result early this morning at about 0140hrs when the victim was rescued unhurt. The kidnappers  escaped with bullet injuries while one locally fabricated Assault rifle with four AK 47 live ammunition were recovered.

“Effort to arrest the fleeing suspects is being intensified. 

“The command also wishes to confirm an incident of kidnap reported by one Raji Ibrahim Abidemi of TAIISA fuelling station Omu Aran on 24/9/2021 at about 2020 hours to the effect that his wife, Raji Ajibike, and his two daughters, Raji Zainab and Raji Aliya, were abducted by unknown gun men after firing shots to scare people away. 

“Effort is still in top gear to get the victims rescued. The good people of Kwara are advised to continue to support the police command with information. Sooner than expected, the victims will be liberated.

“The commissioner of police therefore wishes to reiterate his earlier warning to criminals that Kwara state would be made uncomfortable for would-be law breakers and as such should relocate from Kwara state completely, as darkness and light can never co-habit.”

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