Oyo State Police Command over the weekend confirmed that the prime suspect of the serial killings in Akinyele local government area of Ibadan, Sunday Shodipe, has escaped from its custody.
A statement by the command’s spokesperson, SP Olugbenga Fadeyi, said that the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Nwachukwu Enwonwu, has implored the general public to be on the lookout, arrest and immediately inform men of the command whenever the suspect is sighted.
Fadeyi said that the 19-year old suspected killer, who was arrested and paraded along with two others at the Command Headquarters, Eleyele on July 17 and later charged to court but remanded in Police custody, escaped on August 11.
The Police boss appealed to anyone with credible information regarding the whereabouts of the suspected assailant not to hesitate in passing same to the command in order to assist in apprehending the suspect who is now at large.
Enwonwu said the command was committed to protecting the lives and property of the good people of Oyo State, assuring members of the public that adequate security measures have been put in place to enable them transact their lawful businesses in an atmosphere of peace and tranquility, move from one place to another without any fear or molestation from any individual or groups. He also warned criminal elements to steer clear of the state.
The CP also called on the public to desist from taking laws into their hands, by carrying out jungle justice when suspected criminals are arrested. He urged them to hand over such suspects to the Police.