The National Association of Nigerian Students has accused members of the Oyo State Security Agency, also known as Amotekun Corps, stationed in the city of Oyo, of killing a 400-level student from Ibadan University of Chocolate Gbadebo.
The chairwoman of the NANS Joint Campus in the state of Oyo, Mayowa Opakunle, made accusations against the safety equipment in an interview with reporters Wednesday in Ibadan.
Opakunle said Gbadeba was killed last Thursday by a member of the Amotekun Corps, who were called to the area to clear a road 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 state Department of Criminal and Intelligence in Iyaganka, Ibadan, on Monday in connection with the murder.
The NANS chairman said he met with an assistant police commissioner in charge of the CIID in Iyaganku, who told him the case was reported to be linked to looting and culture.
Akeju said: “A 400-level student at the University of Ibadan affiliated with the Federal College of Education, Oyo (Akolade Gbadebo) C, was killed last Thursday by a member of the Amotekun Corps.
“I was told that the Amotecun Corps was called to intervene when some students 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 of the Amotekun Corps 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 justice in this particular case. They should also provide the necessary orientation and training for this set of alleged security operatives, otherwise the Amotecun Corps will worsen the situation they have been recruited to deal with. “
The younger brother of the murdered student, Habeb Gbadebo, who spoke on behalf of the family of the deceased, said by phone that the police in Atiba told them to go and identify the body.
He added, “Later we went to Iyaganka and the deputy of Amotekun Corps, one Jamiu, was presenting security equipment 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 (my brother) in the back? It’s a mystery. They later said that he did not shoot at them and that it was another person. One thing I do know is that Amotekun operatives are trying to twist the story and cover up what happened, but we will not allow that to happen. “
The Omotekun Information Officer in the state of Oyo, Ms. Ayolola Adedoja, when contacted by our correspondent, denied the story.
The Oyo State Public Relations Officer, Mr. Olugbenga Fadeyi, said he was not familiar with the issue and vowed to find out and call it.