Sunday Shodipe, the 19- year -old suspect in the multiple killings in Akinyele Local Government Area of Oyo State, Sunday Shodipe, said on Wednesday that he killed a woman after he escaped from the police custody before he was rearrested to ensure the safety of the herbalist arrested with him.
Sodipe told journalists when he was paraded at the Oyo state Police Command in Ibadan, following his re-arrest on Sunday.
He had escaped from police custody about two weeks ago after his initial arrest.
Sodipe narrated to journalists how he escaped, and was involved in an illicit activity which led to killing of a female victim.
The police in Oyo State allege he is responsible for at least nine unresolved homicides.
Shodipe also claimed that pressure from a herbalist was instrumental to his escape from police custody.The suspect who was rearrested by the Oyo State Police Command on Sunday after about a week on the run, stated this while being paraded by the Commissioner of Police in the state, Nwachukwu Enwonwu, in Ibadan.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that 32 other suspects were also paraded for various offences ranging from robbery, murder,burglary and kidnapping to rape and defilement.
Shodipe, who spoke in Yoruba, said that the 50-year-old herbalist arrested with him had threatened him in custody, warning of dire consequences if he did not escape to continue the ritual killings.
He said the herbalist had also explained what he would do for him after escaping from custody.
” Baba( herbalist) had been telling Officer Funsho to open the gate to allow us to take our bath but the officer did not answer him.
“Baba later told the officer that he needed to drink gin as an herbalist to prevent spirits from draining his blood but the officer still did not answer him.
” Baba had been blaming me for telling the police and the public that he was the one that sent me to kill and that I would have been released from the custody if I had been untruthful.
“Baba also told me that something terrible might happen to him if he stayed too long in police custody because of the sacrifices he had not been performing since his arrest.
“So, when the police later allowed me to go and bath in the evening at about 7.pm, I used the opportunity to escape and went to Akinyele to kill another woman.
” Baba sends me out and tells me to kill by reciting his name, Idris Adedokun Yunusa Ajani, in incantations.
“So, I killed the women to ensure Baba’s safety,” Shodipe said.
The suspect further said that he went to Bodija where he was rearrested to fend for himself by carrying luggage using a face cap to hide his identity.
The commissioner of police said Shodipe, who was in police custody due to the congestion at the Nigeria Correctional Service facility in the state, would now be taken to the correctional facility.
Enwonwu appealed to the media to be objective in their reportage and always verify their information from the police before publication.
He said it was wrong for the public to judge the police by what they read on the social media and the attitude of one officer.
“The police officer involved in Shodipe’ s case is paying dearly for it and he is still in police custody facing disciplinary action which has been completed at the level of the command and forwarded to Abuja,” he said.
NAN reports that the police also paraded some suspects linked with the bank robbery in Okeho, Kajola Local Government Area of the state.