19-year-old Sunday Sodipe, has said that the only financial reward he got each time he killed for his herbalist trainer was the paltry sum of N500.
Sodipe, the suspected brains behind the series of killings perpetrated in Akinyele Area of Oyo State, said he was taken to a herbalist named Adedokun Ajani for apprenticeship, confessed that he never raped nor removed any part of his victim’s body, but that a spiritual gene usually had sexual intercourse with them.
He made the confession after he was paraded alongside two others involved in the crime at the Oyo State Police Command, Eleyele, Ibadan on Friday.
Sodipe said: “I was taken to Baba to learn herbal work. I went to help him buy food and after a while, he sent me away.
“Later, I went back to him to plead and remind him that I had been there earlier but he sent me away because I was too young to learn the work. He later agreed to take me in.
“Before I go out to kill anyone, I go to Baba. He would ask me to kneel down and close my eyes, and he would render some incantations on me.
“Afterwards, he would ask me to open my mouth and he would put something on my lips. He told me that whenever I hacked down my victims and there was blood, I should utter some incantations three times and walk round the dead body three times. He said during that period, a spiritual gene would have intercourse with the victim. He said I should stay there for about five minutes.
“I told him that would be difficult because I might not be able to escape if I stood there for five minutes. He told me that nobody would be able to enter as I long as I am backing the dead body, and that nobody would be able to see me.”
Asked if he was responsible for killing Barakat Bello, the student of College of Agriculture, Ibadan murdered in the city recently, he said: “Yes, I am the one who killed Barakat Bello. I met her bending down and I hacked her with a shovel. When people first rushed out, I was right there in their front but they could not see me.
“I have killed in Akinyele, L-Adisa and also around a church. I have killed in six different places. It is this year that I returned to Baba to beg him to start teaching me herbalist job.”
When asked why he was killing, Sodipo said: “It is not how to kill people that took me to him (Baba Ajani), but learning herbalist job. It was Baba that lured me into killing.
“Before going to where I would kill, Baba would ask me to kneel down and close my eyes. He would render some incantations, warning me not to open my eyes because I would go blind if I did.
“Baba was the one sending me to kill, but he has never told me what he was doing with the victims. He would only ask me to go and before I came back, he would have bought me food and he would give me N500. But I don’t remove any part of their body. I also don’t rape them.
“I don’t do anything. All I know is that each time I knelt before Baba and he rendered the incantations, wherever I went, I would meet only one person at home. I used shovel to kill my victims.”
He pleaded with the police to have mercy on him, saying he never planned to be a killer.