Oyo State government on Tuesday decried the incessant killings at the Akinyele Local Council Area of the state after yet another murder of a middle-aged woman identified as Mrs. Funmilayo, by a suspected serial rapist and killer who escaped from police custody after being paraded by the Oyo State Police command barely a month ago.
The Special Adviser to Governor Makinde on Security, Fatai Owoseni, at at a security town hall meeting with stakeholders in the council, stated that providing security for a community should be devoid of ethnic, religious and other biases.
The retired police commissioner maintained that the state government would continue to place a premium on security as the backbone of sustainable development.
He, therefore, urged non-state actors, especially residents of the affected communities, to give their maximum support to the government and security agencies during the period of the operation through intelligence sharing mechanism.
Similarly, Oyo State House of Assembly has ruled that the police re-arrest the suspected serial rapist and killer, Sunday Sodipe.
As part of resolutions reached by the House on Tuesday after deliberations on the matter under urgent public importance, the Committee on Security and Strategy was directed to urgently meet with the Oyo State Police Commissioner, Joe Nwachukwu Enwonwu, to ascertain and unravel the circumstances surrounding the escape of the prime suspect in the serial killings in Akinyele Local Council Area of the state.
Urging the Oyo State Commissioner of Police on a prompt re-arrest and prosecution of the suspect, Sodipe, who confessed to killing five people, the House called for the deployment of more security agents to the council area.
Furthermore, Oyo House also appealed to the Board of Oyo State Security Network, code-named Operation Amotekun, to expedite action on the ongoing recruitment of officers of the security outfit to enable them collaborate with other security agencies for the promotion of peace and security in the state.
The Speaker, Adebo Ogundoyin, however berated the police for being careless in their duty, such that a suspect could escape from their custody.
Ogundoyin added that the development was an embarrassment to the entire Police Force.
Other lawmakers who contributed to the motion also condemned the police, describing the situation as lackadaisical.