Police declare manhunt as detained Oyo serial killer escapes

The Oyo State Police Command has declared a suspected serial killer wanted after he reportedly escaped from custody on Tuesday, August 11, 2020.

Sunday Shodipe, 19, was arrested and paraded alongside two others by the command on July 17 and later charged.

The suspect was said to have, however, escaped from police custody while undergoing trial.

In a message signed by the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Olugbenga Fadeyi, the command stated, “The Commissioner of Police, Oyo State Command, Nwachukwu Enwonwu, wishes to state that the prime suspect in the serial killings at the Akinyele Local Government Area, Moniya, Ibadan, Sunday Shodipe, 19, who was arrested and paraded along with two others at the Oyo State Police Command on July 17, 2020, and later charged and remanded in police custody escaped from lawful custody on August 11, 2020.

“Consequent upon this, the CP wishes to implore the general public to be on the lookout for the suspect, arrest him and immediately inform the officers and men of the command when sighted for immediate handing over for further action.”

The command urged members of the public with credible information on the whereabouts of the Shodipe not to hesitate in informing it for his arrest.

In addition, it advised angry youths in the state against taking the law into their own hands “by carrying out jungle justice when suspected criminals are arrested.”

Rather than resort to self-help, the statement advised that suspects should be handed over to the police.

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