The Oyo State Commissioner of Police, Joe Nwachukwu Enwonwu, has revealed how an off-duty police Inspector made the prime suspect in the serial killings in Akinyele Local Government Area of the State, Sunday Shodipe, escaped from police custody.
CP Enwonwu, who stated that an Inspector of Police, name withheld, who was not on duty, while the suspect escaped has been arrested, detained and facing orderly room trial, also vowed to properly investigate the circumstances surrounding the escape of the suspected serial killer.
The Police boss also promised to arrest all those involved in the escape of the suspect from police den with stern directives to his men to always be at alert with a view of dealing decisively with criminal elements in the state.
CP Enwonwu had told reporters that the said killer suspect, Sunday Shodipo, 19, escaped from police custody at Mokola Police division, Ibadan on Tuesday 11th August 2020 at about 7 pm.
He also said that an Inspector of Police who was not on duty collected the keys to the cell and opened the cell to take the suspect to have his bath and from there, the said killer ran away.
Efforts, he stated, had commenced ever since then to re-arrest him by all stakeholders who are law-abiding police personnel, community leaders, youths, vigilantes, hunters and the likes.
The CP however affirmed that there was a press release to the effect. He said “We have even made a press release to that effect.”
He also stated that the Inspector of police concerned has been defaulted, detained and presently facing orderly room trial which will be concluded by today.
“In addition, whoever must have been involved in this sordid misconduct will not be spared,” the police chief said.
CP Enwonwu also added that “The measures we have taken to deal with criminals in the state has been to strategize crime control mechanisms of proactive policing which emphasizes community policing partnership with all the stakeholders, other security agencies, military, vigilante, hunters, traditional rulers.
“We collaborate, cooperate and it has been working positively. We also do visibility policing and patrols, raids of criminal hideouts on a regular basis. ”
The police boss also said that “It paid off in Okeho Bank robbery where we recovered five assault rifles and arrested five suspects so far.
Enwonwu also disclosed that “We have arrested several of them including car snatchers, armed robbers, kidnappers.
CP Nwachukwu advised the good people of Oyo state “to be law-abiding, go about their lawful activities and provide the police with useful information and tips.”
“They also need to be extra vigilant, at alert and sensitive to the environment at all times,” he also advised.
The CP also said that ” We are equal to the task and our response time to distress calls is very fast with the new vehicles provided by the Governor of the State, Engr. Seyi Makinde.