In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 22nd, August, 2020

Recent Info Emerge On How Infamous Ibadan Ritual Killer Escaped From Police Custody

Fresh Facts Emerge On How Notorious Ibadan Ritual Killer Escaped From Police Custody

Ibadan serial killer

Sunday Sodipe escaped from police custody

Recent details have emerged on how the prime suspect of Ibadan ritual killings, 19-year-old Sunday Sodipe, escaped on Tuesday August 11, 2020, from police custody at Divisional Police Headquarters, Mokola, round 8p.m. Saturday Solar had final week solely reported the escape of the prime suspect.

Following the report, Nigerians have been asking questions on how the suspect, who confessed on Friday July 17, 2020, when he was paraded by the Commissioner of Police, Nwachukwu Enwonwu, earlier than journalists, escaped from custody, if he was not intentionally freed.

However how did the suspect escape from Mokola police station? Why was he taken to the station from the State Felony Investigation Division, Iyaganku, Ibadan? After he was arraigned in courtroom, why was he not remanded on the Nigerian  Correctional Centre however in police custody? Can his escape be linked to handiwork of moles within the police? Why was the information of his escape not made public till the youths of Akinyele group protested and Saturday Solar broke the information? Had been the suspect’s legs not chained when he was to have his bathtub?

These are among the questions individuals have been looking for particular solutions to since they heard in regards to the improvement. Nevertheless, Enwonwu has granted interviews to journalists on completely different events on how the suspect escaped, the disciplinary actions being taken in opposition to the policemen that had been on obligation when he ran away, and efforts being made in the direction of re-arresting the escapee.

A diary of formality killings

On June 1, 2020, at Oloro space of Akinyele city, suspected ritual killers smashed the top of 1 Miss Barakat Bello, a feminine pupil of the Division of Science Laboratory Expertise (SLT), Federal Faculty of Animal Well being and Manufacturing, Moor Plantation, Ibadan. Three weeks earlier, a pregnant lady was stated to have been killed at Balogun village, close to Moniya, the headquarters of Akinyele native authorities.

On June 5, 2020, ritualists additionally smashed the top of a 29-year-old lady, Mrs. Azeezat Somuyiwa, who on the time carried seven months previous being pregnant, with a giant stone at Ijefun group, close to Ojoo. On Saturday June 13, a Nationwide Diploma pupil of Oke Ogun Polytechnic, Saki, Oyo State, Grace Oshiagwu, 21, was raped and killed at Idi Ori, Sasa, Ojoo space of Ibadan. On Monday June 22, a five-year-old boy, Mujib Tirimisiyu, was killed by ritual killers, who reportedly hit the boy’s head with a shovel at Olorunsogo Part II, Tose, Moniya, Ibadan.

Additionally, on Wednesday June 24, the lifetime of a 42-year-old lady, Mrs. Olusayo Fagbemi, who resided at Ajibade Avenue, Sasa, Ibadan, was lower brief by ritual killers, when she was washing plates in entrance of her residence early within the morning. On Monday July 20th, a 16-year-old woman, was murdered at Onikoko, alongside Ibadan-Oyo Expressway at 9p.m. when her mother and father reportedly despatched her to purchase Premium Motor Spirit (PMS). On Thursday August 13, suspected ritual killers additionally murdered one Mrs. Olufunmilayo Oladejo at Onikeke Space of Akinyele, which led to a violent protest within the city.

The protest, loss and restoration of service pistol

The protest was staged by youths in Akinyele city on Friday August 14, following the homicide of a middle-aged lady, Olufunmilayo Oladejo, at Onikeke space of the group round 2p.m. yesterday –Thursday.

The lady was stated to have deep machete cuts in 4 locations on her physique, which was stated to have adopted the identical sample of how the virtually 12 individuals that had been killed for ritual functions in numerous communities within the native authorities space, had been dispatched to their early graves.

The protesters barricaded the highway and prevented vehicular motion. Additionally they pelted policemen that went to the group with stones. Three policemen had been stated to have been injured within the course of. The irate youths argued that no person was secure any longer within the native authorities. They alleged additional that the improvement had proven that some very highly effective individuals should have been supporting the ritual killings within the native authorities space.

Sources inside the police stated one of many policemen that went to Akinyele misplaced his service pistol throughout the mob assault. The pistol was stated to have been taken from him by one of many protesters once they had been shelled with stones. The police, as gathered, labored assiduously to get well the pistol, as they launched a manhunt for Sunday Sodipe. However the efforts have paid off on one aspect, as spokesperson of the Oyo State Police Command, Mr. Olugbenga Fadeyi, confirmed to Saturday Solar that the pistol had been recovered.

Amidst the protest, the Alakinyele of Akinyele, Oba James Odeniran, informed this paper that the daddy of Barakat Bello, a feminine pupil of the Division of Science Laboratory Expertise (SLT), Federal Faculty of Animal Well being and Manufacturing, Moor Plantation, Ibadan, that Sunday Sodipe confessed he killed on June 1, this 12 months, knowledgeable him that he noticed the suspect in Akinyele city.

“I used to be stunned. It was after the incident right here that the person referred to as Baba Barakat got here to my palace to inform me that he noticed the boy that killed Barakat at Elewure on this Akinyele on August 12th and 13th. I stated no, I can’t consider it. He stated he noticed him and I stated no. I despatched the palace boys to go and examine the place they stated they noticed him, they got here again to inform me that it was true. The drawback with our individuals is that by the point they noticed that boy, they did not inform anyone. I used to be not knowledgeable.

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“Later, I phoned any individual that I learnt this boy has been launched and he stated no, the boy escaped from police custody. The boy escaped from police custody and no person was conscious? I stated he has executed one other factor in Akinyele, he has killed any individual once more. They stated we should always discover technique of apprehending him. I referred to as all the youths, after which, all of the Soludero hunters and we despatched them out to be looking out for him.”

Why Shodipe was moved to Mokola police station and the way he escaped

Shodipe was initially remanded on the SCID, Iyaganku, as a result of the Justice of the Peace courtroom, the place he was arraigned ordered that he must be remanded in police custody. As gathered, the Nigerian Correctional Centre, Agodi, Ibadan has not been accepting new inmates based mostly on the necessity to forestall the unfold of COVID-19 within the facility.

However police sources stated the inmates at SCID had been at intervals taken to Mokola Police Station in addition to different stations so as to unfold them out in observance of COVID-19 protocols. So, Shodipe and among the inmates within the cell at SCID had been taken to Mokola, whereas some others had been additionally taken to Eleyele.

Shodipe and a few others had been stated to have been taken to Mokola police station on Friday August seventh they usually had been there until Tuesday August 11th that he escaped. One of many suspects at the station, Idris Bamidele, recounted what occurred on the fateful day. His phrases: “Myself and Sunday had been the final set to have our bathtub on that day as a result of they’ve been taking us out in a set of two. Earlier than he was taken out of the cell on that day, my fellow inmates have been warning that we weren’t positive if Sunday would run away. We informed the policeman to not take him exterior, however he didn’t hearken to us.

“So, we had been taken exterior collectively. Earlier, I informed the policeman that my costume was soiled. So, he allowed me to clean my garments exterior. As I used to be washing, the policeman stated Sunday ought to go and have his bathtub first. And he was taking his bathtub, when the officer informed me that I might not be given alternative to have my bathtub once more as soon as Sunday was executed together with his bathtub. So, I shortly rinsed the garments and unfold them the place they might get dry. So, I fetched water from a nicely on the station and I used to be having my bathtub, once I heard Sunday telling the officer that his again was itching him. He was requested to fetch water within the nicely.

“He lowered the water drawer two instances into the nicely and poured the water right into a bucket. I noticed him having his bathtub. I confronted one other route as I used to be additionally bathing. The following factor I found was that moist sand from the place he was bathing splashed on me. As I used to be attempting to shake off the sand, I heard the shout of ‘hey, hey’ and gunshots. So, that was how Sunday ran away.”

When requested if Shodipe had stated it to their listening to that he would escape on that day, Bamidele responded: “He didn’t focus on with anyone that he would run away. However within the cell, typically he wouldn’t speak to anyone. He would simply keep in a single nook with out saying something. This is able to be the second time we had been taken exterior to have our bathtub like that.”

Herbalist’s account of Shodipe’s escape

Amidst the punching and bashing of the police over how Shodipe escaped, one other allegation went viral that different suspects paraded on July 17th in reference to ritual killings in Akinyele native authorities have been freed by the police. When a query on the allegation was posed to the Oyo CP, Enwonwu, he stated: “That isn’t right. All of the individuals who’re charged are nonetheless in our custody. It’s only the serial killer that escaped. I’m positive with all the efforts we’re making, and God being on our aspect, we’ll re-arrest him.”

On request, he additionally granted permission by way of the Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) in command of SCID to go to the opposite suspects of Akinyele killings on the SCID. On getting there, after observing some protocols, the opposite suspects had been introduced out.

The herbalist, Adedokun Ajani, 50, whom Shodipe alleged to have been the one sending him to kill individuals for ritual functions, was sighted, and he stated he was within the cell at Mokola police station on the day Shodipe escaped. Additionally, the principal suspect of one other gang of suspected ritual killers, Abiodun Olasoji, 35, as nicely as one other alleged member of the gang, Aderibigbe Ademola, 36, and others had been sighted at Iyaganku.

The herbalist additionally stated: “On Friday (August 7), we had been all taken to Mokola and we had been there. On the second day of Sallah, one policeman had mercy on us that we should always have our bathtub, which we had. Then, the next Tuesday, he took us exterior in set of two inmates as ordinary. I fasted on that day and as I used to be breaking, I all of a sudden heard gunshot exterior. Then, we noticed policemen operating round. They stated Sunday had run away.

“However one Monday, we slept within the cell in the night time. Then, one policewoman got here and stated ‘who amongst you isn’t sleeping?’ I opened my eyes and I stated we had been all sleeping. She stated one in all us was not sleeping. Then, we noticed Sunday Shodipe standing by the window trying exterior by the housebreaking proof on the window. The following day, we checked the housebreaking proof and we confirmed that it was not weak.”

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