Oyo State Government and the State Police Command have vowed to work harmoniously to ensure the arrest of killers of an 18-year-old student of Federal College of Animal Health and Production, Barakat Bello, who was raped and killed in Akinyele Local Government Area of the State and a pregnant woman, Azeezat Shomuyiwa, also killed around Moniya, Ibadan.
The Special Adviser to the Governor on Security Matters and a retired Commissioner of Police, Mr Fatai Owoseni, and the new Commissioner of Police in the State, CP Enwonwu Nwachukwu, made the vow while paying condolence visit to the families of the two victims on Friday, June 5, 2020.
The duo, according to a statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the State Governor, Mr Taiwo Adisa, unanimous condemned the incidents, noting that the Security Agencies would soon fish out the perpetrators.
Barely three days after young Barakat Bello was reportedly killed at Kara Area of Akinyele Local Government, another incident occurred in Ijefun near L. Adisa Quarry, off Moniya-Oyo road, where Mrs Shomuyiwa, a postgraduate student of the University of Ibadan was killed by yet-to-be-identified persons.
Mr Owoseni and and the Commissioner of Police were told by members of the community that the late Mrs Shomuyiwa was hit with a big stone while inside her room.
Residents also stated that the woman only returned from Kano in February 2020, where her husband had just secured employment after completing his NYSC programme.
The Commissioner of Police and Mr Owoseni assured families of the deceased that the perpetrators would be brought to justice.
The trio of CP Nwachukwu, retired COMPOL Owoseni, as well as the Executive Assistant to Governor Makinde on Security, Mr Sunday Odukoya, also visited Akinyele where 18-year-old Barakat was reportedly killed by unknown persons on Monday, June 1, 2020.
They urged residents of the two communities to be security-conscious and to report any suspicious movement to the Police for safety of lives and property.