Barely four days after a suspected ritualist, Sheu Usman, was paraded by the Oyo State Police Command as the mastermind of the serial ritual killings in Ibadan with confessions to have killed six victims, some suspected ritualists again killed another teenager in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.
It was gathered that the 16-year-old victim, simply identified as Toke, was murdered on Monday night along the Ibadan-Oyo Road in Akinyele Local Government Area of the state.
Toke’s body was found in a bush on Tuesday after her parents had made several attempts to locate her. Sources said she was sent to purchase Premium Motor Spirit (petrol) by her parents on Monday night, only to be killed by yet-to-be-identified persons.
It will be recalled that Akinyele Local Government Area has infamously been in the news lately for a series of killings suspected to be carried out by ritualists.
Five persons, including 18-year-old Barakat Bello, were killed in the local government area in June this year, and the Oyo Police Command paraded three persons in connection with the killings in the council area.
When contacted, the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the command, Olugbenga Fadeyi, confirmed the incident. Fadeyi said that investigation had begun to arrest the killers of the deceased.
“A 16-year-old body was found inside the bush at Onikoko, along Ibadan-Oyo Express Road, at past 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday. When the police from Moniya Divisional Police Office visited the scene, it was later discovered that the parents sent her at about 9:00 p.m. to go and buy petrol.
“In the process, she was attacked by some assailants who are still at large and the body was discovered in the morning. It is a case of suspected murder. The Commissioner of Police has ordered an investigation to find out what happened again in that area. The investigation has started and soon, we will arrest the perpetrators of that act.”