… The controversy follows the murder of a student by Amotekun in Oyo
… Deceased was a student —NANS
By Ola Ajayi
CONTROVERSY, yesterday, followed the alleged murder of an alleged armed robber by agents of the Western Nigerian Security Network, codenamed Amotekun.
While the team claimed it did not kill a student, the National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, accused the team of killing Akolade Gbadebo, a 400-level student from the Federal College of Special Education, SPED, in Oyo (affiliated with the University of Ibadan).
However, the team said the student was a ‘suspected thief’, but the chairman of the NANS Joint Campus Committee in Oyo, Mr. Mayowa Opakunle, insisted that the deceased student was shot and killed by one of the bodies. from Amotekun, who were invited to clear a roadblock made by students around the Sabo area of Oyo city.
Opakunle said: “I was told that Amotekun’s body was called when some students blocked the road in the area. They came and it was said that someone had shot them, and they returned fire. The bullet hit the student and he died. The incident occurred around 10:30 pm last Thursday ”.
But, dismissing the claims of the NANS chairman, Amotekun’s state commander in Oyo state, Colonel Olayinka Olayanju (retd), said his men had an encounter with a three-man gang of robbers last Sunday when they They found an illegal checkpoint set up around the Sabo area of the town.
Olayanju said that in the process, one of the robbers was killed while the two surviving members of the gang were arrested and turned over to the police.
He said: “On Sunday, December 20, 2020, at approximately 00.40 hours (after midnight), a mobile patrol team of Amotekun agents from the Oyo Este and Atiba local government areas ran into an illegal roadblock. ridden around the Sabo area in the city of Oyo, at approximately 4 am
“As the team tried to clear the barricade to facilitate smooth passage for interstate commercial vehicles on the highway, a group of armed men suspected of being thieves fired at Amotekun operatives and a gun battle ensued.
“In the process, one of the robbers, nicknamed Akin Sarz, was neutralized and two other gang members were arrested at the scene with a pistol with locally made cartridges.
“The Nigerian police men from Atiba were called to the place where Amotekun officers handed over the two alleged armed robbers arrested along with the body of Akin Sarz.
“Subsequently, the police turned the surviving gang members over to the Iyangaku State Criminal Investigation Department, Ibadan, for further investigation.
“The preliminary investigation carried out at the Atiba Police Station revealed the identity of the deceased as a student of the Federal College of Special Education (SPED), Oyo and a well-known cultist. The gang members confirmed that the deceased was their leader and that they had been terrorizing the general area of Afijio and the town of Oyo for some time.