The Oyo State Security Network Agency, Operation Amotekun, has said that its operatives did not kill any student of the University of Ibadan, contrary to an erroneous indication painted by some students’ body in several online media.
The National Association of Nigerian Students had during the alleged that members of the Oyo State Security Agency, Amotekun, killed a 400-level student of the University of Ibadan, Akolade Gbadebo.
The NANS Joint Campus Committee Chairman in Oyo State, Mayowa Opakunle, made the allegation against the security outfit in an interview with PUNCH in Ibadan on Wednesday.
According to Opakunle, Gbadebo was shot dead last Thursday by one of the Amotekun corps, who were invited to the area to clear a road barricaded by some students.
But Amotekun Oyo in a statement made available by its Commandant, Col. Olayinka Olayanju (rtd) said that operatives of the Amotekun corps only 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 statement reads:”On Sunday 20th December, 2020, at about 0040hrs ( past 12midnight), a mobile patrol team of “Amotekun operatives from Oyo East and Atiba Local Government Areas ran into an illegal road block mounted around Sabo area in Oyo town, opposite old Isale Oyo Community Bank along Oyo – Ogbomosho express way.
“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 neutralized and two others gang members were arrested at the scene with a locally made pistol with catridges
The men of Nigerian Police from Atiba were called to the scene while Amotekun operatives handed over the two arrested armed robbers along with the corpse of Akin Sarz to men of the Atiba police.
The Atiba Police later handed over the surviving gang members to the State CID Iyangaku for further investigation.
Preliminary investigation conducted at Atiba Police post revealed the identity of the deceased as a student of the Federal College of Education Special(SPED), Oyo and a known cultist.
The gang members confirmed that the deceased was their gang leader and that they have been terrorizing the general area of Afijio and Oyo Township for some time”.