A suspected serial killer was killed Sunday morning, in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital during a shoot-out with the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS.
The killing of Kassim Adeyemo at the Academy area of the ancient city, sparked off wild jubilation at Bere, Orita Aperin, Idi Arere and Mapo areas of Ibadan as many heaved a sigh of relief when they received the news about the seemingly invincible killer.
Adeyemo was described as a terror and very notorious for series of criminal activities. He was accused of being behind several cases of kidnapping, murder, robbery and serial killings in the state capital.
The base of SARS in Dugbe was besieged yesterday by hundreds of residents, especially those who claimed to have fallen victims of Adeyemo’s activities, as they struggled to have a glimpse of his corpse.
One of them, 20-year-old Kamaru Ambaliyu, told journalists at the SARS’ office how Adeyemo turned him to an one-legged person in 2004 when the suspect’s boys went on rampage at Mapo Hall area and shot him in the right leg.
"He made me a disabled person today. I was in my shop at Bere area when his boys came to Mapo Hall on July 20, 2004 and started shooting everywhere. In the process, I was shot in the right leg, which led to the amputation of my leg. Alhamudulilahi he too is no more today", Ambaliyu stated.
Police Image-maker in the state, Mr Femi Adedeji, told reporters that Adeyemo had been on the wanted list of the police command for a very long time, as most cases of murder, assassination and kidnapping were traced to him.
"He was responsible for a series of killings in the city. We have at least 20 families that have lost members of their families through his operations. He was responsible for some robbery and kidnapping. We are still working on some other vices that he was involved in", Adedeji said.
He disclosed that three members of Adeyemo’s gang were already in police net and helping the command to trail other members of the notorious gang.
Fearing that Adeyemo’s body could resurrect, the victims asked the police to dismember his body before they bury him so that his gang members would not be able to bring him back to life.