The Alakinyele of Akinyele, Oba James Odeniran, has raised an outcry that youths have continued to desert Akinyele Local Government Area, after a suspected serial killer, Sunday Shodipe escaped from police custody and was behind the gruesome murder of one Mrs Oladejo Funmilayo last Thursday.
According to Odeniran, the youths were deserting for fear that the police and other security agencies will pick them up in connection with killings and their recent protest over the killings in the area.
Speaking during a security town hall meeting with stakeholders in Akinyele Local Government Area of the state, held on Tuesday, Odeniran particularly urged the state government to be fully involved in the security affairs of Akinyele to prevent residents from totally deserting the area.
He said: “Our people protested because of the pain we feel at the repeated killings. Anyone who saw how the woman was gruesomely murdered last Thursday will feel so embittered.
“But we understand that protests may be hijacked and not go as planned from the outset. We accept that our youths protested, destroyed vehicles, injured some police officers and even collected the gun of an officer.
“However, we are glad that the gun has been recovered and that the policemen that were injured were recovering.
“It is gratifying to hear that the governor is unhappy with the situation in Akinyele and that he will have personally joined in the town hall meeting.
“As of now, I am unable to send Akinyele youths on an errand as they have all deserted the area. There are no youths to beckon on nowadays.
“They are afraid that the police will pick them following last Friday’s protest over killings in the area. We will like the state government to look at this so that Akinyele will not be totally deserted.
“Last week, the father of the deceased Barakat told me that the younger brother of the deceased saw the suspected killer at Elewure. The killer was seen eating suya and drinking tea. When asked, Shodipe beat his chest saying that he was the one.
“The police should have declared the killer wanted immediately he escaped from custody and residents would have arrested Shodipe.
“The hunters will have caught Shodipe if the public was quickly notified of the escape. The people doubted the escape of Sunday. So, the people protested after seeing that Sunday killed again last Thursday,” Odeniran said.
Making his comments at the town hall meeting, Chairman, Vigilante, Akinyele local government, Mr Abbey Olabanji said the local security personnel needed financial support to be equipped with modern and African science to successfully track down Shodipe and other criminals terrorizing the area.
He harped on the imperativeness of deploying African science, noting that Shodipe suddenly disappeared when some residents chased him last Friday.
“We need to be better equipped to do the task. The government should empower us to be able to arrest him. We cannot go about with stones to arrest thieves, killers.
“We saw the boy last Friday and he suddenly disappeared while we were chasing him. We know what we can do but we need financial support from government to be able to equip ourselves to fish out Sunday and other such criminals,” Olabanji said.
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