A member of the Oyo State Security Network Agency also known as Operation Amotekun is now in police net for allegedly killing a 21-year-old man identified as Tosin Thomas, in Ibadan.
The suspect was said to have fired gunshots at a crowd in the Mokola area of Ibadan on Wednesday night that killed Thomas.
The victim, according to the police, was confirmed dead at the hospital where he was rushed to.
Angered by the action, Amotekun said on Thursday that it had dismissed the suspect for acting outside the corps’ protocols and handed him over to the police for prosecution.
Commandant of Amotekun in Oyo State, Col. Olayinka Olayanju (retd.), in a statement, gave the name of the suspect as Kazeem Afolabi and expressed regrets at the killing of Thomas.
His statement read in part, “At about 10pm on Wednesday, January 13, 2021, operatives of Amotekun, led by Team Leader George Idowu, got an alert of a purported armed robbery operation at the Total Filling Station, Mokola, Ibadan.
“Following the distress call, the team leader and his team of seven members, arrived at the scene. On arrival at the scene of the alleged crime, it turned out that it was not an armed robbery operation, though a crowd had gathered.
“The team leader, sensing no immediate danger to anyone at the scene, immediately proceeded to speak with the station manager. While he was with the manager, he heard a gunshot.
“As it turned out, one of his team members, by the name Afolabi Kazeem, who felt sufficiently threatened by the crowd, which included some hoodlums armed with cutlasses and other dangerous weapons, opened fire to supposedly scare away the crowd.
“Unfortunately, his shot hit one Mr Tosin Thomas, who was subsequently confirmed dead. The corps has found that Afolabi Kazeem with ammunition number AM031849 acted outside the Amotekun Corps’ protocols.
“For this reason, he has been summarily dismissed from the Corps and handed over to the police for prosecution. Also, his team leader, George Idowu, is being thoroughly investigated and will face all necessary sanctions.
“We want to reassure members of the public of our internal mechanisms for dealing with erring officers. We will continue to train and retrain our officers on best practices and rules of engagement. The corps deeply regrets the loss to the Thomas family, and we are already in touch with the family.”
The Police Public Relations Officer in Oyo State, Mr Olugbenga Fadeyi, confirmed the incident in a statement, adding that they had commenced investigation into the matter.
Four die, one missing as Lagos-Kano bus plunges into Kogi river
Tragedy struck Tuesday night in Kogi State as an 18-seater bus plunged into the Black River, a tributary to River Niger, in the Koton Karfe area, killing four of its occupants.
Solomon Agure, Kogi State Sector Commander of the Federal road Safety Corps, confirmed that the accident occurred around 7.30pm.
He said the bus with registration number Plateau – JJN 73 XA took off from Ijora Seven Up park in Lagos and was heading for Kano.
According to Agure, four people, including a woman, died in the accident while seven others were critically injured.
The driver was said to have lost control of the vehicle after sleeping off.
The state Commandant of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Suleiman Mafara, said after receiving a distress call, his men in conjunction with FRSC officials and volunteer divers moved to the scene.
He said four corpses had been recovered and 13 others rescued alive while one person could not be accounted for.
He added that his men and other Security personnel were working to recover the only person yet to be accounted for.
The recovered corpses, according to Marafa, have been deposited at a mortuary in Lokoja.
He warned drivers and commuters to adhere strictly to road safety guidelines so as to avoid preventable accidents on the highways.
Lagos governor hails Remi Tinubu at 61
Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has congratulated senator representing Lagos Central Senatorial District, Oluremi Tinubu, on the occasion of her 61st birthday.
Governor Sanwo-Olu described the former First Lady of Lagos State as a great asset to Lagos State and Nigeria, who has contributed immeasurably towards nation-building.
The governor in a statement by Gboyega Akosile, his Chief Press Secretary, said the three-term senator and philanthropist has contributed immensely to humanity and governance with her laudable programmes as First Lady and currently as a member of the Upper Chamber of the National Assembly.
He added that the federal lawmaker has played critical roles in the growth and development of Lagos State and Nigeria, thereby setting examples for other women in leadership and governance.
He said, “On behalf of my dear wife, Ibijoke and the good people of Lagos State, I heartily congratulate a political icon, the distinguished Senator Oluremi Tinubu on the occasion of her 61st birthday celebration.
“Over the years, Senator Oluremi Tinubu has emblazoned her name on the national and international stage as a lover of truth, an advocate of social justice, philanthropist and a loud voice of the voiceless.
“Senator Tinubu’s penchant for diligence and distinction is evident in her contributions to the development of Nigeria’s socio-economic and political landscape as former First Lady in Lagos State and as distinguished Senator of the Federal Republic.
“On this occasion of her 61st birthday, I pray that God will continue to preserve and grant her good health to enable our distinguished Senator Oluremi Tinubu to render more service to humanity, Nigeria and our beloved State, Lagos.”
Imo mob lynches suspected ESN member trying to enforce sit-at-home order
A mob lynched an alleged leader of the proscribed Eastern Security Network (ESN) on Monday while trying to enforce a sit-at-home order alongside his gang members.
Commissioner of Police in Imo, Mr Rabiu Hussaini, confirmed the incident in a press statement signed by the police spokesman, CSP Mike Abattam.
He stated that before police patrol team could arrive at the scene, the ESN member had been lynched, while his gang members fled.
He added that Hussaini had directed that the lynching suspects must be handed over to the police for proper investigation.
In the press statement, Abattam said residents of Umuagbavo Oru Ahiara in Ahiazu Mbaise Local Government Area of Imo came out of their houses and were going about their lawful businesses.
“Suddenly, one Obinwanne Iwu, 34 years, a native of Ahiara in the same local government area who is an escapee of Imo Correctional Centre, Owerri, went to the market with his gang trying to enforce a sit-at-home order of the proscribed IPOB/ESN terror group.
“They were shouting at the top of their voices that `today is Monday and everybody must obey the sit at home order’ ‘’ he said.
He added that the harassment did not go down well with the people who resisted the gang.
He said the angry mob in their numbers held Iwu, tied his hands behind his back while others fled the scene.
In the process, the suspect was mercilessly beaten to death before the police patrol team arrived at the scene.
“Efforts made by the police patrol team to arrest the perpetrators proved abortive as they all fled the scene on sighting the patrol team,’’ Abattam stated.
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