Police in Oyo State has paraded a twenty-year-old Tosin Kolade who allegedly raped and killed a seventeen-year-old Ifeoluwa in a Bible Home at Olodo Area of Ibadan. 

Kolade was paraded alongside other twenty-two suspects for various offences. 

Confessing to the crime, Kolade said he took the key of the Bible Home from his mum’s bag, who, is a cleaner at the church with a knife and waited for the deceased. 

He stated further that when the deceased arrived for Bible Study, he threatened her with the knife, raped her and later strangulated her to cover up the crime as he believed the deceased recognised him.

“I, first of all, collected her phone and she was dragging it with me, I pushed her to the floor and banged her head on the wall to weaken her. I later raped her and when she was shouting and calling my name, I break her neck, and used the knife to cut her neck because I wouldn’t want her to report me to the police”.

“It was my mother who saw me with blood that handed me over to the police”.

Also, a notorious suspected kidnapper, Abolaji Abdulazeez was paraded for kidnapping one Mrs Patience Okafor who was conveying her children to school in a Toyota Rav-4 Jeep at Orita Challenge, Ibadan.

The suspect said he whisked her away to an unknown destination from where he subsequently contacted her relatives for ransom.

“I am a kidnapper and I was led to the act through peer influence of friends who were living large and expensive lives”.

The suspected kidnapper, therefore, called on others who are criminally minded to shun the act as he now knew that crime was not good.

Other paraded suspects who were arrested for various offences ranging from armed robbery, kidnapping, car snatching, and rape, to murder confessed to the crime levelled against them and pleaded for leniency. 

Parading the suspects, Commissioner of Police in Oyo State, Mr Adebowale Williams said the command would continue to ensure that stringent and more pre-emptive actions were deployed in the deliberate quest to tackle and bring to the barest minimum all forms of crime and related vices across the nook and cranny of the state.

The commissioner who spoke through the police public relations officer in the State, Mr Adewale Osifeso said the command had begun a crime-free policy through a well-thought-out intelligence-driven offensive, aimed directly at the doorsteps of the criminally minded and unscrupulous elements of the society.

Mr Osifeso said as the country approached the electioneering and the “Ember” period, the Command had synergised with sister agencies and non-state actors, as well as utilizing technological-based options to marshal intelligence into veritable achievements.

“In furtherance of the above, the command’s security architecture would be constantly redesigned to comprehensively cater to the security yearning of the citizens of the state, especially in response to the evolving trends of crime as influenced by per-the-second advancement in technology and criminogenic patterns.”

“To this end, the Oyo State Police Command shall continuously embark on intensified visibility policing strategies, high octane convoy patrols and purposeful intelligence sharing in concert with relevant sister agencies, and constructive media engagements.” 

The police spokesperson stated further that the command’s focus would be beamed on correctional facilities, banks, media houses, schools, public infrastructures, major landmarks, business districts, places of worship and recreational facilities for effective policing. 

“In the same vein, conscious efforts are made to intensify the demystification of cases under investigation with specific emphasis on; the rights of those involved, precision of facts, availability of overwhelming evidence(s) and stance of appropriate laws with the helpful guidance of the Judiciary”.

“While appealing for continuous cooperation and support from well-meaning citizens of Oyo State, in the areas of providing timely and credible information for improved proficiency, he enjoined all and sundry to jettison all negative narratives and perceptions about the police in exchange for trust and a renewed sense of vision”.

“In cases of emergency, the Command can always be reached through these emergency control room numbers: 615 (toll-free) (Oyo State Security Trust Fund), and Oyo State Police Command emergency lines 07055495413 and 08081768614. The NPF rescue me app is also available for free download on both Android and Apple IOS, for Android and iPhone users respectively.”

Mr Osifeso said the suspects would soon be charged to court after proper investigations. 

Exhibits found with the suspects include eighteen exotic stolen cars, five mobile phones, six pieces of electrical cables, cartridges, two pump action guns, one locally made gun and cash of over two million naira.

Rasheedah Makinde

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