January 21, 2021

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Suspected Amotekun officer allegedly shoots boy in Ibadan

A suspected operative of Oyo State Amotekun Corps has been fingered in the death of 21- year-old Oluwatosin Thomas.

The incident occurred in the Inalende area of Ibadan, the Oyo state capital city, on Wednesday night.

But, Amotekun Commandant Col. Olayinka Olayanju (rtd.), when contacted, said he had started investigating as soon as he got wind of the development.

He said he had invited leaders of the Corps to the area for a proper briefing and would ascertain the claims.

He promised to get back as soon as he finds out the true situation of what transpired.

He, however, assured that any member of the Corps found guilty would be made to face the full wrath of the law.

Speaking on the incident, which threw residents of Inalende into mourning, sources said the deceased had left his house to buy bread in Mokola when operatives from the corps stormed the community, shooting sporadically.

Thomas was said to have been hit by a stray bullet.

He was said to have been seen on the ground in the pool of his blood after the shooting stopped.

It could not be ascertained what prompted the shooting or if the operatives were invited to take security measures as at the time of filing this report.

The mother of the victim, Mrs Thomas, when contacted said she ran to the spot as soon as she received the news, challenging the officers on why her son was shot.

She also alleged the operatives assaulted and threatened to kill her alongside the brother of the deceased.

She added that in her struggle to ensure she gets hold of one of the operatives who allegedly shot her son, she tore the uniform of one of the officers before the vehicle with number 012 drove off, leaving the boy in the pool of his blood.

Another source who resides in the area, who simply identified himself as Mr Laide, said Oluwatosin was rejected at the University College Hospital where he was rushed to.

He said the boy died along the way as doctors told them he had lost so much blood.

The findings of the State Commandant of the Corps were being awaited as at the time of filing this report.

Efforts to get confirmation from the police proved unsuccessful.

Calls to the spokesman of the Çommand, Olugbenga Fadeyi, a Chief Superintendent, were not answered.

He was also yet to return them as at the time of the report.