The Oyo State Police command has said the death of 18-year-old Daramola Mary has been linked to her supposed lover, Toheeb Ganiyu, and not handiwork of ritalists as being reported on the social media and online news platforms.
The news of the death of the teenager broke at Alabata town in Akinyele Local Government Area of the state over the weekend.
The state Commissioner of Police, Nwachukwu Enwonwu, disclosed this in a statement titled, ‘Re-another lady raped, killed in Ibadan community,’ made available to journalists by Olugbenga Fadeyi, the Police Public Relations Officer, in the Command, that Mary’s death was a murder case.
The statement read in part, “The attention of the Commissioner of Police, Oyo State Command, has been drawn to a sensational story trending on the social media and some of the respected online newspapers with the caption, ‘Another lady raped, killed in Ibadan community.’
“This is not another ritual killing in Akinyele Local Government community as widely reported. Information received from the Divisional Police Officer, Moniya, revealed that on August 24, at about 8pm, one Toheeb Ganiyu of Alabata town in Akinyele Local Government Area, Ibadan was alleged to have taken one Daramola Mary, 18, his supposed girlfriend, to his house and fed her with trophy beer before having canal knowledge of her.
“Mary was later met dead with traces of semens on her private part and blood stain on her mouth. The suspect was later arrested and preliminary investigation was carried out at the Divisional Police Headquarters, Moniya where his statement was obtained under caution before being transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department, Iyaganku, Ibadan for investigation.
“The suspect is currently in police custody, adding, it was not a case of ritual killing as widely publicised on the social media, but a case of suspected murder that occurred between two lovers that later eventually turned sour thereafter. We seize this opportunity to appeal to parents/guardians to monitor their children/wards’ movement to prevent this type of ugly occurrence in our society.
“Likewise, youths/teenagers are advised to be actively involved in positive activities to enable them gain skills, knowledge, self esteem and shun acts that are capable of causing breakdown of law and order. The command remains committed to the protection of lives and properties of the citizens of Oyo State.”