DAUD OLATUNJI writes on how a suspected serial killer in Iperu and Ogere communities of the Ikenne Local Government Area of Ogun State, Feyisola Dosumu, was arrested after killing eight people in the areas
Tracking a serial killer in Ogun State, Dosumu Feyisola, was not an easy task for the state police command. Policemen led by the Commissioner of Police, Edward Ajogun, on many occasions spent nights and days in the communities, yet the suspect always escaped.
Despite several efforts by the police and local security agencies such as the Agbekoya, So-safe corps and vigilantes to stop the killings , Dosumu , a cultist and drug addict, continued to invade the communities at unexpected hours to hack anyone that came his way to death.
The suspect, who had been playing hide-and- seek with the security operatives and residents of the Ogere, Iperu, Ilisan and other communities; met his waterloo on August 25, when the state police command employed technology to smoke him out of a thick forest which he had turned into his abode.
For five months, Dosumu, who was popularly known as ‘Spatan,’ had been a major pain in the neck of the residents of Ikenne communities due to his nefarious activities. While many residents in the communities had to abandon their homes to live in safer places, some, who had nowhere to go, stayed put in those communities, but slept with one eye closed because nobody could predict when the suspected serial killer would appear.
His whereabouts were unknown for weeks. Even, when a bounty of N500,000 was placed on him, Dosumu seemed to be a dribbler whose hideouts remained a mystery for months.
He, however, met his waterloo when the Special Anti-Robbery Squad led by Muhammad Tijani tracked him with the help of a drone to his hideout inside a bush in Ogere, where he had created a settlement for himself.
Dosumu’s adventure of killing people of the communities started about four months ago when he reportedly went on the rampage and killed six persons in the communities.
It was reported that Dosumu killed two private guards working at a farm and one elderly Togolese on April 30, 2020.
It was further gathered that another unidentified teenager was also killed at Ogere on May 1, while he reportedly hacked three others to death at Iperu Remo on May 2..
About three months after the first attack, Dosumu struck again in the communities on August 1, 2020 when he hacked another two to death.
The PUNCH gathered that following another attack, residents and security operatives launched a serious manhunt for Dosumu who was said to be suffering from a mental disorder.
It was also gathered that the suspect was hiding inside a thick forest around one of the communities.
Some of the places Dosumu was suspected to be hiding were uncompleted buildings and sometimes inside the ceiling of newly completed ones and this was why it was difficult for the police to track him down.
When The PUNCH alongside the police visited some of the buildings, it was observed that Dosumu inscribed different images on the walls.
While speaking on the development , the Divisional Police Officer of Ogere, Ayinde Abiodun, explained that not less than eight uncompleted buildings had been uncovered by the police which were suspected to have been hideouts of Dosumu.
The DPO said, “Wherever he lived, he would surely draw something just to make us know that he had lived there before.
“He used to hibernate in many uncompleted buildings which we uncovered. Everywhere he went, you would always see his signs and there were times he would hide inside the ceiling of a newly completed building; this was the reason it was difficult to track him”
When the team got to the bush where Dosumu was caught , nobody would have thought that a human being would live there because of its thickness. The place was said to be the place where Dosumu was finally caught through the help of a drone.
It was however learnt that Dosumu was shot when he tried to attack a policeman with a broken bottle and a cutlass. He died as a result of gunshot injuries he sustained.
In the forest Dosumu had made a settlement for himself and he was living like a ‘king of the jungle’ who had everything he needed to survive. It was observed that at the hideout, Dosumu had a kitchen where he cooked, with a gas cooker.
Our correspondent observed that there were leftovers of fried chickens in his abode before his arrest. It was observed that the suspect designed the hideout to suit his mode of operation as he was so tactical in his approach; he cleared enough space in the bush, dug trenches in order to avoid police arrest.
The PUNCH also observed that the suspect had a copy of his poster which the police printed when he was declared wanted. The poster was pasted in his makeshift room in the jungle.
The Commissioner for Police, Edward Ajogun, disclosed that the police had to employ a technology to fish out the serial killer when it became difficult for them to apprehend him where he was hiding in the bush .
Ajogun said this when he led his men to convey the killer’s corpse in a van to the Governor’s office, Oke Mosan, Abeokuta, where the state Governor, Dapo Abiodun, was briefed on the operation that led to his arrest and killing.
The police boss explained that the suspect was killed in his dungeon built in the bush around Ogere Area after two days operations.
He said, “His module operandi is this: He lived in bushes in the communities. From time to time, he sneaked out and hacked his victims to death”
He stated, “We employed the reactive means of always combing the bush each time this thing happened. So, we started this on April 21 when the serial killer killed another victim.
“Then the governor called that I should try my all means to make sure I put a halt to the senseless killings. Of course , the Inspector General of Police also directed that we must fish out the killer. So from April 21 till date , we had been in that bushes looking for him.”
Earlier before the death of the serial killer, the traditional rulers in the area had expressed concerns over the inability of police to arrest Dosumu.
The Ologere of Ogere, Oba Oladele Ogunbade had said the people in the communities were looking for all means to ensure the serial killer was arrested.
The monarch, who lamented that Dosumu had become a problem in the community lamented, “We have been ahead of the situation, but, he has not been arrested by the police.
“He is a problem to the communities and we are looking for a way and means to make sure that he is arrested. We pray that he is caught one day”.
When asked to examine the efforts of the police on the development , the monarch said “The police know their job, we cannot teach them their job, but, the only thing is to arrest him. There are no other means than to arrest him.”
Also, the Alaperu of Iperu, Oba Adeleke Idowu-Basipo said the local hunters, alongside other security operatives including the police were on 24-hours surveillance to ensure Dosumu’s arrest.
He stated, “We thank God because we have mobilised our hunters, the vigilante group, the corps and even the police are keeping 24 hours vigilance.Their patrol team are always on the ground.”
Oba Idowu-Basipo said “Giving us information is very vital, we need to be updated on the activities of the man and how he moves around for us to be able to get him arrested, but, we should be assured that we will soon arrest the man.”
staying in one place. I don’t know if people are giving him information and we don’t know. “
In the same vein, the lawmaker representing the local government the state House of Assembly, Kunle Sobukola said he was in constant dialogue with the commissioner of police to ensure the suspect’s arrest.
He said, “We are in constant dialogue with the commissioner of police and the chief security adviser of the state governor with the view to capturing him.
The Transition Committee Chairman of the Ikenne Local Government, Rotimi Akinsanya, explained that the government set up local intelligence network seeking for vital information that would help in tracking the suspected cultist.
Source:- The Punch