A suspects arrested in connection to the murder of Funke Olakunrin, daughter of Reuben Fasoranti, a leader of Afenifere, pan-Yoruba socio-political group, attempted to escape from the isolation centre in Ondo state, where he is being treated for COVID-19.
The suspect, Adamu Adamu, had tested positive a day after the police arraigned him in court over the killing of Olakunrin.
Recall that the woman was shot dead in Ore, Ondo, while on her way to Lagos, after visiting her father in June, last year.
According to a hospital source, who spoke with newsmen, the suspect attempted to escape from the Ondo State Infectious Disease Hospital, Akure today but doctors and nurses raised the alarm.
It was said that the suspect had requested for permission to use te toilet but when he noticed attention wasn’t on him, he heading in another direction.
“He didn’t know that he is being monitored closely. He had taken permission to use the toilet but before you knew it, he started heading towards the exit point,” the source said.
Following the incident, the police sent 6 more men to beef up security at the isolation centre.
The source added that the police further chained the suspect to his bed.
All efforts to get comments of the government on the development proved abortive as Donald Ojogho, commissioner of information in Ondo, cut off calls made to his telephone line repeatedly.
While announcing that Adamu had tested positive for COVID-19, Rotimi Akeredolu, governor of Ondo, had said the suspect would be “manacled to his bed”.
“The commissioner of police has assured the state that there will be adequate security around the IDH premises to prevent his escape and while on treatment, he will be manacled to the bed,” Akeredolu said.
Frank Mba, force public relations officer, had announced that four suspects were arrested over the killing of Olakurin.