A suspected serial killer who has been on the run for five years has finally been arrested.
Operatives attached to the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FEDSARS), Adeniji Adele annex, Lagos State, made a very important breakthrough when they arrested a notorious gangster and serial killer who has been on the run for the past years.
According to reports in the Vanguard, Alayode Idris Abiola also known as Aloma, was infamous for wrecking havoc in the Mushin, Fadeyi and Oshodi areas of the state, and in the process, maiming and killing several innocent people while his reign of terror lasted.
He was declared wanted in for the murder of a nine-year-old girl, Aminat Lateef, who was killed in front of her house in Fadeyi while returning from an errand on December 9, 2010.
It was gathered that prior to the incident, Aloma and his gang, had consistently threatened and terrorised residents of Fadeyi because he had issues with a resident identified as Toba, a member National Union of Road Transport Workers, (NURTW).
An uncle of the late girl, Wasiu Lateef, who witnessed the murder, narrated how it happened:
"We were outside the house when she was sent on an errand, outside the compound. Less than five minutes after she left the compound, we started hearing gunshots.
The shots were so close that we had to scamper for safety but from where I was, I saw her coming towards the house innocently, even as about seven gunmen wearing black T-shirts, were behind them shooting sporadically.
From where I was hiding behind a bus, I beckoned to her to come because I didn’t want her to be caught up in the crossfire before she entered the house.
Unfortunately, as she hid where I was, Aloma instructed his men to open fire that someone was hiding beside the bus. As they opened fire one of the bullets hit her face and chest.
On realising that they shot a minor he ordered his boys to move out. He said ‘Mopol movement let’s go. Immediately they left, I carried her, shouting at the top of my voice, as her parents rushed out.”
The mother of the late girl, Jumoke Lateef, commended the operatives for arresting the hoodlum after being on the run for many years:
“I have not stopped praying for the long hand of the law to catch up with those responsible for the death of my daughter, Aminat.
It took five years for the police to arrest the man who led the gang. It shows how our system operates. If not for God who is using policemen from Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad, FEDSARS, Adeniji Adele annex, the case would have been dead and buried.
If people can kill others and get away with it, it means they have become demi-gods.”
It was gathered that some members of his gang were arrested and charged to court while Aloma went into hiding for five years before he was arrested by Operatives of Federal SARS.
However, the 42-year-old suspect, an indigene of Owu in Abeokuta South Local Government Area of Ogun State, who was the deputy Chairman of NURTW, Mushin Ajina branch, before his arrest, denied the allegations levelled against him.
"It was from Akeem aka No Case that I received the news of Muritala’s arrest. I belong to the same gang with Ramoni Lawal aka Tanfiani, IK, and Lukmon, who was earlier on charged for the murder of Aminat a nine year old girl.”