Hmm, looking past the theatre of it all- it has always struck as twistedly curious when one sees suspects reel out their criminal transcripts on live television, as it points to the most inhumane techniques of coercion – the words of the confession are no laughing matter.
The story is warped enough to be suspected of embellishment; but he is speaking of himself. Not in defence, nor in defiance but in the utmost fear and cowardice. The story is however full of the one thing that separates fact from fiction.
“The difference between fact and fiction… is that fiction has to make sense.” Anonymous
Truly, the story- if it can be called that- makes very little sense. It contains just enough randomness to be a true account of events.
The man who is a member of David Ibiyiomie’s Salvation Ministries (according to his Facebook account)confesses to being a killer… a serial killer. Then he proceeds to explain his struggles with his lifestyle while trying to absolve himself of consciously committing said crimes. This is then legitimized by his attempts to seek the only help he believes is available to him. He goes in search of God, via a church. The church attempts to help him; but take his case as just any other, leaving him with enough time to engage in more terror. And at this point, the story comes full circle.
The issues herein are so many. How many victims has he? What punishment does he deserve? What will he be charged with? Could he have done all of these without help? Has anyone else paid the price for his earlier crimes? And so on, and so forth? We know none of these.
Here is what we know. Nigeria has recently heard cries of violence against young women in the south. Most of the investigations turn cold for a lack of evidence. The loss of one life is one too many. The Police officer in his questioning even referred to the various previous cases and asked the suspect here to show his case as different from their’s.
What we know, is that this is not an isolated event.
Another thing the police may have done wrong is given the culprit up too soon. That he had been found was triumph but he should have been trailed afterwards so as to find out more secrets; to know first hand his pattern and if it matches his twisted account which would have been the first element of shock given him by the police. Yes, that’s what happens when the police trail a suspect long enough to find his pattern – No hiding the truth one already knows – complete triumph. He could have been working for someone. He might even have a hideout or partners in crime, and so on.
And just so we stay on track, most of his account is irrelevant. But, we are made to take whatever comes out of his mouth as the true account of events. He has killed… and killed many people. That is what makes him worth a listen. And understanding his twisted yet transparent account, may go a long way to preventing further tragedy. Oh my…
As written by Kimberly Afolayanka