Ritual killings: Ondo community praying, fasting

Another suspect arrested

THE Zaki Arigidi-in-Council in Arigidi, Akoko Northeast Local Government Area of Ondo State has declared the beginning of interdenominational prayer session and fasting to curtail ritual killings in the community.

The prayer and fasting are coming following two incidents of ritual killings, which occurred simultaneously in the town.

Besides, the community leaders employed the service of traditionalists and vigilante group to tame the menace.

Two women were killed in the community within one week, with their breasts removed.

Sources in the town said the development was strange to Arigidi Akoko community, which is regarded as very peaceful.

The town’s monarch, Oba Yisa Olanipekun, met with women who were family members of victims of the gruesome killings.

The monarch said an indigene of Arigidi Akoko from Ogo quarters, Tunde Ajileye, alias Efo, who is 30-year-old, had been napped when his father surrendered him to the traditional ruler who handed him to the police.

The policemen took him to Akure to join two other suspects now at the State Criminal Investigation Department, Akure.

A woman leader, Mrs. Ayoka Oshodi, on behalf other women, blamed youths looking for “blood money” for the ritual killings.

She appealed to parents to monitor their children living above their income.

Chairman, Akoko Northwest Local Government Area, Elder Samson Akande, said his administration would give priority to security and generation of revenue .

He said he was not happy with the killings at Arigidi Akoko.

Akande called on his management team to liaise with traditional rulers to make sure life and property are safe in the local government.

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