The Commissioner of Police in Oyo State, Mr Nwachukwu Enwonwu, has relocated his office to Moniya in Akinyele Local Government Area of the state following the killing 18-year-old Barakat Bello and a 29-year-old Azeezat Somuyiwa in the area.
The Deputy Commissioner (Operations) and Deputy Commissioner (Criminal Investigation Department) among other top officers had also relocated to the area.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Bello, a student of the Department of Science Laboratory Technology, Federal College of Animal Health and Production, Ibadan, was on Monday raped and killed.
NAN also reports that Somuyiwa, who was seven months pregnant, was killed on Friday in the axis.
A statement issued in Ibadan by the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, SP Olugbenga Fadeyi, announced the relocation to the area in response to the killings.
Fadeyi said, “The police are aware of the dastardly killing of one Baraka Bello ‘f’ 18-years-old of Oloro Area kraal, Akinyele LGA of Oyo State on 31st May 2020 and one Azezat Somuyiwa ‘f’ aged 29 years of Ijefun Community, Moniya Akinyele LGA, on 5th June 2020.
“It should be noted that immediately the Commissioner of Police got wind of the incident, he relocated his office to the area along with the DC Operations, DC Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Area Commander, Moniya, DPOs Moniya and Ojoo with all the police tactical teams in company with Special Assistant (SA) and Executive Assistant (EA) Security from Oyo State Government House.
“Furthermore, intensified efforts are on by the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Iyaganku, Ibadan, to unravel the mystery behind the dastardly killings.
“The Commissioner of Police, therefore, wishes to use this medium to put the records straight that Azezat Somuyiwa ‘female’ aged 29 years of Ijefun Community, Moniya, that was killed in the early hours of 5th June 2020 by some assailants was smashed with stone in the head.
“The deceased is not a post-graduate student of the University of Ibadan as widely circulated on social media. Her murder seems similar to that of a ritual killing.”
The police spokesman said the commissioner reiterated the resolve of the command to get to the root of the matter and advised members of the public to be wary of hoodlums in their midst.
Fadeyi quoted the commissioner as warning residents to be security conscious and embark on bush clearing.