19-year old rape and murder suspect escapes from police custody

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Police in Oyo State says a 19-year old suspect accused of rape and murder of some female residents of Akinyẹle Local Government Area of Ibadan, has escaped from custody.

The accused, identified as Sunday Shodipe, was on Sunday reported to have escaped in a statement by the spokesperson, Oyo State Police Command, Olugbenga Fadeyi.

A police station .

According to Fadeyi, the suspect, who was arrested and paraded along with two others at the Oyo State Police Command on July 17 escaped from police custody on August 11.

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“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”, Fadeyi stated.

Fadeyi’s statement, which came about five days after the suspect escaped from Police custody, did not explain the circumstances surrounding the escape nor clarify if officers of the police in Oyo State could be complicit.

However, the police urged that no one should take laws into their hands or engage in jungle justice, but hand over suspects to the police.

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Recall Akinyele Local Government Area of Ibadan was in the news for various rape incidents some months ago.

These incidents include the rape and murder of Barakat Bello and Grace Oshiagwu.