The protest by some aggrieved youths on Wednesday at the police headquarters in Eleyele, Ibadan, Oyo State, against the escape from custody of suspected serial killer, Sunday Shodipe, turned violent, resulting in the attack of some policemen.
It was gathered that the protesting youths had wielded placards with various inscriptions demanding the rearrest of Shodipe.
The protest, however, turned violent with the youths attacking security personnel at the command with stones and other dangerous objects.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in Oyo State, SP Olugbenga Fadeyi, confirmed the incident in an interview with newsmen.
Fadeyi said that members of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) came to the command’s headquarters to protest the escape of Shodipe.
“The Commissioner of Police, Nwachukwu Enwonwu, with all the management, came around to attend to them and allow them express their grievances.
“They made series of demands, including that the escaped suspect be rearrested and the CP assured them that he will do everything within his powers to ensure that the suspect is rearrested and brought to book,” Fadeyi said.
The PPRO said that the commissioner appealed to the protesters although they eventually became violent and were dispersed.
He, however, said that no officer sustained injury during the attack.
“We gave them the opportunity to do whatever they wanted to do and we were just standing by to ensure that there was no breakdown of law and order,” Fadeyi said.
Meanwhile, the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, has deployed additional investigative aides to Oyo State to complement the efforts of the Oyo State Police Command in the ongoing manhunt aimed at rearresting Sunday Shodipe, prime suspect in the Akinyele serial killing.
In a statement by Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Frank Mba, the additional deployment comprises crack detectives from the Intelligence Response Team (IRT) and the Special Tactical Squad (STS) of the Force Intelligence Bureau, Abuja.
The team is expected to bring their vast operational, technical, and investigative experience to bear in supporting the manhunt for Shodipe.
“The IGP who condemned the unfortunate escape from lawful custody of the suspect, has directed the Commissioner of Police, Oyo State Command, to intensify efforts and ensure the prompt rearrest of the fleeing suspect,” the statement noted.
The IGP also directed CP Nwachukwu Enwonwu to speed up investigations into the circumstances that led to the escape of the suspect.
“All persons indicted in the escape are to be identified and made to face the wrath of the law,” the IGP directed.
The CP has equally been mandated to immediately assess and rejig the security architecture in the state so as to prevent any future occurrence of untoward incidents.
“Meanwhile, the IGP calls for calm and enjoins citizens to cooperate with the police by providing useful information that can lead to the unearthing of the whereabouts of Sunday Shodipe – the suspected serial killer,” DCP Mba added.