A 29-year-old suspected serial killer, Adigun Oriyomi who was declared wanted by the Lagos State Police Command early this year for murder has been arrested and arraigned for the murder of a woman, Muninat Agbabiaka, her four-month-old daughter, Aishat, and a 26-year-old woman, Wakilatu Adeboye.
Suspected serial killer, Adigun Oriyomi
The suspect, Adigun Oriyomi and five other suspected members of the Black Axe Confraternity- Toba Ajiboye (37), Yusuf Akinwale (28), Muyideen Gafaru (31), Sherif Kosoko (38) and Yakubu Olayiwola (40), were arraigned on three separate murder charges before a Yaba Chief Magistrate’s Court.
Oriyomi who had been reportedly arrested on September 9, 2013 by the police and arraigned before an Ebute Meta Magistrate court for murder where he confessed that he was a member of the Black Axe confraternity and owned up to four murders between 2010 and 2013.
He was remanded in prison pending advice from the Directorate of Public Prosecutions but he came out under controversial circumstances after he obtained bail and evaded arrest.
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On January 29, 2014, it was reported that the suspect led gunmen to Amodu Street, Mushin where they killed a pregnant woman, Musili Bello, her 12-year-old daughter, Suliat, and a motorcycle rider, Baba Monday.
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On February 10, the police said the suspect also led a gang to Ewenla Street, Mushin and killed another woman, 38-year-old Agbabiaka, her 4-month-old baby, Aishat, and another woman, Adeboye.
It was reported in March 2014, that the suspect killed his friend, Olufemi Adekeye in front of his three-year-old daughter on February 12, 2013 in the deceased’s residence at Isa Street in the Aboru, Ipaja area of Lagos State.
In April, the police said the suspect again led a suspected team of cultists to Akala Street, Mushin, and killed one 26-year-old Azeez by shooting him with a gun and later hacking him to death.
A team of Investigating Police Officers from the State Criminal Investigation Department, Yaba, told the court the suspects confessed to the crime, while witnesses would testify in court.
Charge sheet one reads in part, “That you, Toba Ajiboye, Adigun Oriyomi, and others at large, being members of an unlawful society, on February 10, 2014 at about 9.45pm, at Ewenla Street, Mushin, did unlawfully kill one Muninat Agbabiaka, aged 38 years, by shooting her with a gun.
“That you did unlawfully kill one Aishat Agbabiaka, female, aged 4 months, by shooting her with a gun.”
Charge sheet two reads in part, “That you, Adigun Oriyomi, and others at large, on February 13, 2014 at about 8.30pm, at 22, Yisa Street, Aboru-Ipaja, Lagos in the Lagos Magisterial District, did unlawfully kill one Adekeye Oluwafemi, aged 32 years, by shooting him with a gun.”
Charge sheet three reads in part, “That you, Toba Ajiboye, Adigun Oriyomi, Yusuf Akinwale, Muyideen Gafaru, Sherif Kosoko, Yakubu Olayiwola, being members of an unlawful society, on April 2014 at about 1.12am, at Smith Street, Akala area of Mushin, while armed with matchet, gun and broken bottles did unlawfully kill one Jamiu Azeez, aged 26 years, by shooting him with a gun and later cut him with matchet to death.”
The police prosecutor, Inspector Nwangwu Peter, said the offences were punishable under sections 221, 231, 409, Law of Lagos State, Nigeria, 2011.
The defendants’ pleas were not taken for the charges.
Peter asked the court to remand all the defendants as the police await legal advice from the Directorate of Public Prosecutions.
He said, “We asked for the remand of the defendants in prison pursuant to Section 264 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Law of Lagos State, Nigeria, 2011.”
He added that the legal advice for one of the cases had been out and Oriyomi was supposed to be standing trial at the High Court, but the police could not tell how he got out.
The Chief Magistrate, Ipaye Nwachukwu, ordered that they be kept in prison custody pending the DPP legal advice.
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