The Oyo State Police Command has said that thugs were responsible for the death of a 21-year-old student from the Ibadan Polytechnic.
The police claimed that the deceased was killed by the thugs and not by police officers, contrary to speculation.
Newslodge reported yesterday that one person, Akinola Babatunde, was killed during a clash at a popular shopping center in Ibadan on Sunday.
Our correspondent learned that the shopping center has since been closed after the incident in the Ring Road area of Ibadan.
Police said their officers were recruited to the scene after the alleged cultists killed the deceased.
The Public Relations officer of the State Police Command, Mr. Adewale Osifeso, in a statement made available to Newslodge on Tuesday, added that the deceased was confirmed dead at the hospital.
He maintained that the perpetrators had escaped before the arrival of the police.
He insisted that the shooting was carried out by the thugs and not by the police.
Osifeso spoke further and said that efforts are underway to arrest the perpetrators.
“To set the record straight, based on a distress call received around 2100 hours on Sunday July 25, 2021 from Palms Mall, Ring Road Ibadan, some suspected cultists / thugs invaded the building premises in search of their target, who was shot and later confirmed dead at the hospital.
“In a quick response, several police patrol teams were immediately dispatched to the scene, but the perpetrators had escaped before their arrival.
“Preliminary investigation reveals through; CCTV footage, crime scene analysis, residents and customers running around for security at the time, that the shootings were carried out by thugs and not police in what appeared to be retaliation for a cult-related altercation.
“While a thorough investigation is being conducted, the Command wishes to refute these baseless accounts, intended to promote panic, apprehension and instigate violence against the Police.
“Finally, the Command wishes to assure the good people of the Oyo state that the state’s security architecture remains strong and strengthened daily with intelligence-driven updates.”