Yinka Adeniran, Ibadan
Hundreds of young people from the city of Oyo stormed the Oyo State Secretariat on Thursday in protest of the alleged killing of an Ibadan University student by Oyo State Amotec Corps officials.
The protesters, mostly students under the auspices of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), set up a roadblock on one side of the road to the Secretariat-Bodia road, causing a traffic jam.
Car drivers and road users traveling on the Parliamentary-Secretariat-Bodia-Parliament parliamentary road on Thursday hurriedly assessed the road as protesters blocked a section of the road with the help of a trailer.
According to the protesters, the suspect Gkolade Gbadebo was allegedly shot last Thursday by one of the Amotekun corps, who was called to the area to clear a road that was barricaded by some students.
Registering their dissatisfaction with the incident, protesters with posters with various inscriptions called on the state government to investigate the case and called on members of Amotekun Corp to order.
Some Association leaders who spoke to reporters accused Amotekun Corp officials of involvement in the circumstances that led to Gbadeb’s death.
The students were led by NANS President, Oyo State Opakunle Mayowa and Student Union Alliance (SUG) Prime Minister AI Olusegun.
Student leaders said they reported the case to the Iyaganka Criminal Investigation Department, and that they met with an assistant police commissioner in charge of CID who told them the case was reported as robbery and bodybuilding.
Responding to the students’ allegations, Makinde’s special assistant for student affairs, Mr. Olojede Victor, said that the government was informed about the incident, urging the students to refrain and enable an appropriate investigation into the issue.
He also ordered students to trust the system under Governor Mackinde, adding that the state government is awaiting a comprehensive report on it before making any decision.
A source of information about the incident said that the situation led to the death of a student from 400 levels of the University of Ibadan connected to the Federal College of Education; The Oyo (special) was the one suspected of being a cult and an armed robbery.
The source said that there was a shooting in the incident between the suspected cultist and the operative of Amotekun because the officers of Amotekun called to the scene fled from the firearm, but that the victim fell only on the superior firepower.
When she was contacted, the information officer of Amotekun in the state of Oyo, Ms. Ayolola Adedoja, said that the allegations against the operative were not true.