A suspected Ibadan serial killer, Sunday Shodipe, has escaped from police custody.
Naija News reports that the escape of the prime suspect arrested for a series of killings in Akinyele area of Oyo state was announced on Sunday by the Oyo State Police Command Public Relations Officer, Olugbenga Fadeyi.
The 19-year-old Shodipe was arrested and paraded alongside two others at the Commands Headquarters, Eleyele Ibadan on July 17 and charged to court and was later remanded in police custody where he was said to have escaped on August 11.
Fadeyi, who confirmed the development in a statement on behalf of the Commissioner of Police Joe Enwonwu, urged members of the public to be on the lookout for the suspect and contact men and officers of the Command for useful information that can lead to his re-arrest.
In the statement, the Oyo police spokesman urged youths and mobs who get angry upon the arrest of suspected criminals to desist from unleashing jungle justice but hand over such to the police.
The statement reads in part: “The Commissioner of Police, Oyo State Command, CP. Joe Nwachukwu Enwonwu, psc wishes to state that, the prime suspect in the serial killings at Akinyele Local Government Area, Moniya Ibadan of Oyo State, one Sunday Shodipe, ‘m’, 19 years who was arrested and paraded along with two others at the Oyo State Police Command on 17th July, 2020 and later charged to court but remanded in Police custody escaped from lawful custody on 11/08/2020.
“Consequent upon this, the CP wishes to implore the general public to be on the lookout, arrest and immediately inform the Officers and men of the Command when sighted for immediate handing over for further action.
“He further seizes this opportunity to appeal to any member of the public with credible information as to the whereabouts of the assailant not to hesitate in passing same to the Oyo State Police Command to assist in the apprehension of the offender who is now at large.”