Police in Ogun State have warned passengers about the activities of a yet-to-be-identified “serial killer” operating as a commercial motorcyclist or Okada rider.

The command in a statement, Friday, advised residents not to board commercial motorcycles at night, especially in or to an isolated area.

Abimbola Oyeyemi, the police spokesman in the state, in a statement on Friday, said from now on passengers should require the phone number of Okada cyclists before boarding their motorcycles.

The advice comes days after the murder of Happiness Odeh, a student at the Moshood Abiola Polytechnic (MAPOLY), Abeokuta, in Ogun State.

Ms. Odeh was killed 10 days after she won a beauty pageant at school.

She was killed by suspected kidnappers while on her way to Ipara, in the Ode Remo area of ​​the state.

It was said that she boarded a commercial motorcycle on the night before her disappearance.

“The serial killer’s modus operandi is to pretend to be a commercial motorcyclist, popularly known as ‘Okada’ and choose his targeted victim as a passenger,” Oyeyemi said in the statement.

“Such victims, who are mainly women, will be taken to an isolated area, raped and brutally murdered in cold blood.

“While the Command is doing everything they can to stop the thug, the public needs to be alerted to be on their guard and wary of any Okada they want to embark on a journey with, especially at night.

“For security reasons, the command hereby advises that passengers should endeavor to request the phone number of the Okada rider who wants to take them at night. They must also make a call to the said number to verify its authenticity.

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