The suspected serial killer in Oyo State, who escaped from the custody of the Police Command headquarters, Sunday Shodipe, has been ordered by the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu to be rearrested.
According to the Adamu, said, it is unfortunate the suspected serial killer escaped, which he ordered the Commissioner of Police in the state to intensify efforts and ensure his prompt rearrest.
Frank Mba, who is the Force Public Relations Officer, made this statement on Wednesday.
In his response, the police commissioner has also been directed to speed up investigations into the circumstances that led to the escape of the suspect.
Mba explained that the IGP has deployed additional investigative aids to Oyo to complement the efforts of the State Police Command in the ongoing manhunt.
He noted that the additional deployment comprised crack detectives from the Intelligence Response Team (IRT) and the Special Tactical Squad (STS) of the Force Intelligence Bureau in Abuja.
“The team is expected to bring their vast operational, technical, and investigative experience to bear in supporting ongoing efforts aimed at re-arresting and bringing the fugitive to book.
“All persons indicted in the escape are to be identified and made to face the wrath of the law,” the statement said.
The police spokesman added that the police commissioner was directed to immediately assess and rejig the security architecture in the state, in order to prevent any future occurrence of untoward incidents.
The IGP called for calm and urged the residents to cooperate with the police by providing useful information that can lead to the unearthing of the whereabouts of the suspect.
Shodipe is the prime suspect in the series of killings in Akinyele Local Government Area of Oyo State.
The 19-year-old was arrested by the police and paraded along with two other suspects on July 17 at the Police Command in Ibadan, the state capital.
They were later charged to court but remanded in police custody before Shodipe escaped on August 8.
Although, Shodipe has been declared wanted which the police command announced it on Sunday, promise to pay a huge amount of concrete information about his whereabouts.