The Commandant of the Southwest Security Network in Oyo State, otherwise known as Amotekun, has denied reports that its operatives killed a student of the University of Ibadan last Sunday.
Olayinka Olayanju, a retired colonel, said in a statement issued in Ibadan on Saturday that men of the Amotekun Corps had an encounter with a three-man robbery gang, neutralised its leader and handed the two surviving members to the Atiba Police Station in Oyo town.
The Amotekun Corps had been accused of killing of a Year 4 student of the University of Ibadan, Akolade Gbadebo, who was shot while students at a UI campus affiliated with the Federal College of Education in Oyo town were having fun around 10:30 p.m. last Thursday at Atiba.
But Mr Olayanju said no student was killed.
“On Sunday, Dec 20, a mobile patrol team of Amotekun operatives from Oyo East and Atiba Local Government Areas ran into an illegal roadblock mounted around Sabo area in Oyo town at about 4 a.m.
“While the team was attempting to clear the barricade to facilitate smooth passage for interstate commercial vehicles plying the road, a group of armed men suspected to be robbers fired at the Amotekun operatives and a gun duel ensued.
“In the process, one of the robbers, nicknamed Akin Sarz, was neutralised and two other gang members were arrested at the scene with a locally made pistol and cartridges
“Men of Nigerian Police from Atiba were called to the scene where Amotekun operatives handed over the two arrested suspected armed robbers along with the corpse of Akin Sarz to them.
“The police later handed over the surviving gang members to the State CID Iyangaku, Ibadan, for further investigation,’’ he stated.
The commandant implored people who desired to get further details on the incident to visit Akinmorin Community in Afijio Local Government Area of Oyo State or inquire from the Police.
“Amotekun operatives will do all within their legal responsibility to protect lives and property without prejudice to any sentiment,’’ Mr Olayanju said. (NAN)
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