Escaped ‘Ibadan serial killer’, Sunday Shodipe, was re-arrested following concerted efforts by various tactical teams, the Nigeria Police has revealed.
The police on Sunday re-arrested Shodipe, the prime suspect in the serial killings in the Akinyele Local Government Area, Oyo State.
Shodipe’s re-arrest was confirmed on Sunday by the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Mr Olugbenga Fadeyi.
The suspect, who was alleged to have killed up to five persons, escaped from Mokola police station on Tuesday August 11.
Oyo Commissioner of Police, Chuks Enwonwu, had placed a N500, 000 bounty on the suspect.
The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, had also dispatched additional investigative aids to Oyo State, including crack detectives to track down the fleeing serial killer.
Announcing Shodipe’s rearrest, Olugbenga Fadeyi, a Superintendent of Police, said the suspect was re-arrested at about 10:30 am.
He said concerted efforts of the various tactical teams, human efforts as well as credible information and intelligence from those he described as ‘good spirited’ members of the public were responsible for re-arrest of Sunday Shodipe.
According to Fadeyi, the police had to deploy his team to the Bodija area as soon as it got information of sighting the suspect, which eventually led to the re-arrest.
Fadeyi said: “Police Tactical teams, including Special Anti-robbery Squad (SARS), personnel from State Criminal Investigation Department, Iyaganku Ibadan, (CID), Swift Response Squad (SRS), State Intelligence Bureau (SIB), Anti-kidnapping Squad (AKS), Skynet Squad, Puff Adder, etc were all deployed for his manhunt.
“Through concerted efforts from these teams and credible information from the good spirited members of the public, this eventually yielded result and the culprit who has been hiding and evading Police arrest was arrested at Bodija Area of Ibadan.
“The Commissioner of Police further use this medium to thank the Inspector General of Police, IGP Mohammed Abubakar Adamu, NPM, mni, the Government and people of Oyo State, the Traditional leaders, leaders of thought, political leaders and the general public for their patience and understanding.”