The prime suspect arrested in connection with the multiple killings in Akinyele Local Government Area of Oyo State, Sunday Shodipe, says he killed another woman after his escape from police custody.
Shodipe had been arrested alongside two others in June. He, however, escaped from custody where he was being held on August 11 but was rearrested on Sunday.
When he was paraded by the state commissioner of police, Nwachukwu Enwonwu, on Wednesday, the 19-year-old disclosed that he fled the police station to carry out rituals in the interest of one Idris Ajani, a 50-year-old herbalist he was arrested with.
According to him, the herbalist threatened him in custody, saying there would be dire consequences if he did not escape to continue the killings.
“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,” Shodipe said.
“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.”
Enwonwu confirmed that, during interrogation, the suspect revealed that he carried out the killing of Mrs Funmilayo Oladeji at her home two days after his escape.
He said the suspect who was standing trial before his escape would be handed over to the correctional centre soon.
The CP said the suspect was kept in police custody because the prisons pleaded to keep him due to space constraint and the COVID-19 pandemic.
“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,” Enwonwu added.