The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has ordered the rearrest of a suspected serial killer, Sunday Shodipe, who escaped from the custody of the Oyo State Police Command.
Condemning the unfortunate escape of the suspect, IGP Adamu asked the Commissioner of Police in the State to intensify efforts and ensure his prompt rearrest.
The Force Public Relations Officer, Mr Frank Mba, who disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday, August 19, 2020, said the Police Commissioner has also been directed to speed up investigations into the circumstances that led to the escape of the suspect.
Mr Mba explained that the IGP has deployed additional investigative aids to Oyo State to complement the efforts of the State Police Command in the ongoing manhunt.
He noted that the additional deployment comprised crack detectives from the Intelligence Response Team (IRT) and the Special Tactical Squad (STS) of the Force Intelligence Bureau in Abuja; adding that the Team is expected to bring their vast operational, technical, and investigative experience to bear in supporting ongoing efforts aimed at re-arresting and bringing the fugitive to book.
The statement added that: “All persons indicted in the escape are to be identified and made to face the wrath of the law.”
The Police spokesman noted that the Police Commissioner was directed to immediately assess and rejig the security architecture in the State, in order to prevent any future occurrence of untoward incidents.
The IGP called for calm and urged the residents to cooperate with the Police by providing useful information that can lead to the unearthing of the whereabouts of the suspect.
The 19-year-old Shodipe, the prime suspect in the series of killings in Akinyele Local Government Area of Oyo State, was arrested by the Police and paraded along with two other suspects on July 17, 2020, at the Police Command in Ibadan, the State capital.
They were later charged to Court but remanded in Police custody before Shodipe escaped on August 8, 2020.
The State Police Command announced Shodipe’s escape in a statement on Sunday, August 9, 2020 and declared him wanted.