Olufemi Olaniyi, Ibadan
THE National Association of Nigerian Students has accused members of the Oyo State Security Agency, Amotekun, deployed in the city of Oyo, of killing a 400-level student at the University of Ibadan, the Gbadeba Chocolate.
The chairwoman of the NANS Joint Campus in the state of Oyo, Mayowa Opakunle, made allegations against the safety equipment in an interview with our correspondent from Ibadan on Wednesday.
Opakunle said that Gbadebo was killed last Thursday by one of the corps of Amotecun, who was called to the area to clear the road that was barricaded by some students.
He said security officers shot the student minutes after they arrived at the scene.
The NANS chairman said he and other student union leaders went to the Iyaganka Criminal Investigation Department in Ibadan on Monday in connection with the murder.
The NANS chairman said he met with the assistant police commissioner in charge of CID in Iyaganku and told him that the case had been reported as robbery and bodybuilding.
Akeju said, “A 400-level student at Ibadan University affiliated with the Federal College of Education, Oyo (special); Akolade Gbadebo, a member of the Amotekun Corps, was killed last Thursday.
“They told me that they called the Amotekun Corps that some students had barricaded the road in that area. They came and it was said that someone shot at them and they returned fire. The bullet hit the student and he died. The incident happened around 10:30 pm last Thursday.
“We want the police to thoroughly investigate the matter, and Governor Seyi Makinde said during the inauguration that he should be held accountable for any crime committed by Amotekun because he is their overall boss.
“We therefore call on the Oyo State Government to ensure that justice is served in this particular case. They should also conduct the necessary orientation and training for this set of alleged security operatives, otherwise the Amotekun Corps will worsen the situation they have been recruited to deal with. “
The younger brother of the slain student, Habeb Gbadebo, who spoke on behalf of the deceased’s family, said by phone that Atiba police had told them to go and identify the body,
He added, “Later we went to Iyaganka and another who commanded the corps of Amotekun, one Jamiu, represented Amotekun there. He said it was a robbery case and that my brother shot at them as soon as they got there.
“If my brother shot at them, how come the bullet hit him in the back?” It’s a mystery. They later said that he did not shoot at them, but that it was another person. One thing I do know is that the Amotekun operatives are trying to twist the story and cover it up, but we’re not going to let that happen. “
The information officer of Amotekun in the state of Oyo, Ms. Ayolola Adedoja, when contacted by our correspondent, said that the story was not true.
Oyo State Public Relations Officer Mr. Olugbenga Fadeyi said he was not familiar with the issue and vowed to find out and call it
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