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Police arrest ‘mad man’ over ritual killings

By Michael Ofulue
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Nemesis has caught up with a middle-aged man who was alleged to  have specialised in kidnapping and ritual killings while posing as a mad man, as he  has been arrested in Akure the Ondo State capital.

The man who identified himself as Bose Adetoyinbo who  claimed to have come from Ijesa was nabbed  through  combined efforts of vigilante operatives and some concerned neighbours at Orita Obele area in Akure .

According to an  eyewitness, the suspect who dressed as a mad man was understood to have been taking  refuge in a church possibly to carry out his dastardly act before the hands of the law caught up with him .

The eyewitness  who does not want  her name in print  said ” the suspect was  pretending to  be a mad man  to  carry out his evil plan . We have been suspecting  his movements both day and night and  that made us to raise alarm and people came out and arrested him . We have handed him over to the police from the Anti-kidnapping section for further investigation.

Another account told The Hope that the suspect was with a handset and as soon  as he observed that people were around to arrest him, he immediately brought out his Sim card and chew it and that made the people to suspect that he was on a mission and also proved that the man was  with his right senses.

The Hope also gathered that if not for the  timely intervention of police operatives, the suspect would have been lynched by the angry mob who were mobilised to the scene .

The Ondo State Police Public Relations Officer Mr. Femi Joseph  who confirmed  the arrest of the suspect said the man is currently being detained at the Special Anti-kidnapping Squad (SAKS) for investigation.

Speaking with The Hope  in an  interview,  the suspect whose behaviour looks as if he was mentally unstable said he is from Ijesa and that his fathers name is Mr.  Mathew is based in Lagos state and that he has two kids.

On whether he  is into kidnapping, he said no. He however admitted taking refuge in  a church. He speaks both English and Yoruba fluently.

However, whether the suspect is mentally stable or pretending to be insane is  what the police is trying to unravel in their  investigations just as Police PRO urged the general public to go about their lawful and legitimate duties saying there is no cause  for  alarm.

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