In an open confession, a man, Idowu Tijani, has said that he took to killing people in Ijoko Ota, Ogun State to avenge the murder of his son by persons he did not name.
Tijani disclosed on Monday in Abeokuta, the state capital, that he had so far killed three people to register his grievance over the gruesome manner his son was murdered.
Shockingly, Tijani is not alone in the illegal act as another resident, one Rasak Ogundairo, had also killed two people in the same community to appease the death of relatives and colleagues.
According to Tijani, he killed his victims to avenge the death of his son who was killed eight years ago.
In like manner, Ogundamisi disclosed that he had killed two people to avenge the death of his Eiye Confraternity members.
Tijani, 45, was paraded alongside Ogundamisi, 25, and Raimi Ogunkunle by the Ogun State Commissioner of Police, Abdulmajid Ali, for robbery and cultism. They were picked up by the police two weeks ago.
Parading the suspects at the Eleweran Headquarters of the Command, Ali said Ogundairo was arrested after receiving information on the hideout of a notorious robbery gang in Ijoko Ota area of the state.
He explained that the arrest of Ogundairo led to the picking up of Tijani and Ogunkunle.
Ali explained that the two suspects had confessed to belonging to the same robbery gang and Eiye Confraternity and had killed five people in Ijoko area of the state.
The commissioner said the suspects were arrested with three single barrel cut-to-size pistols, two double barrel pistols, one pump action, charms and five cutlasses.
While speaking with journalists, Tijani, who claimed to be a nephew to a traditional ruler in Ijoko, said he started killing people who were responsible for the death of his son and burning of his house and shop eight years ago.
He said: “I have killed three people; Soje, Olori Odo and Mintin. I am a furniture maker and I have a shop. I also have four children and I didn’t involve myself in land matters but suddenly there was a crisis in the town and the people burnt a lot of places including my shop and house and in the process, they pulled my house down and my child, Fatiu was killed and I had to revenge his killing.
“I took a gun and I killed them within three days’ interval. When I shot Olori Odo, he rushed into his house and I had to follow him to finish the job.
“I have a gun because I am a night guard in our area and because of my membership of the Vigilante Society, I used the opportunity to kill those who were part of the team that invaded my house,” he said.
In his confession, Ogundairo admitted that he killed two people to avenge the murder of members of his Eiye Confraternity.
He said: “I am here because of causing unrest and killing of innocent souls in Ota area of the state as a result of Eiye and Aiye fights. I am a member of Eiye and I joined it about two years ago after I was initiated into the group because of the trust they had on me.
“I have killed two people: Tosin and one Dare, because they also killed many of our members. We were still hunting to kill others but we couldn’t achieve that since we have been arrested.
“I was also engaged in arm robbery and what we did was that when we are in operation, we loot property mostly in Ijoko Ota.
“I protected myself with the charms because my father was a herbalist but the charms have not protected me since we were arrested,” he said.
The police also paraded nine other suspects for various offences ranging from unlawful possession of prohibited arms, armed robbery and car theft.
The command said it recovered exhibits, including one AK 47 rifle with serial number 348417 and nine rounds of life ammunition, one type 06 rifle with serial number 07010583, one automatic pump action with serial number 42716 and one locally made cut-to-size gun.
Others are: one live cartridge, one BAJAJ motorcycle, assorted charms and a Toyota Carina car with registration number LNB 961 BU.