There were tensions in Osogbo on Friday as youths and members of the Civil Society Organization (CSO) barricaded the popular Olaiya junction.
Young people were protesting the police shooting and killing of a citizen, Abiola Afolabi, who was allegedly shot in the leg at his friend’s house in the early hours of Monday, April 4, 2022.
Earlier, an Osun-based civil society group, Osun Police Watch, called on Osun State Police Commissioner Olawale Olokode to quickly resolve the issue surrounding the murder of Afolabi Abiola Olamide.
According to the group, during a Friday address in Osogbo, Olamide was shot dead outside a house in the capital area of Osogbo at around 12:30 a.m. Monday.
Spokesperson for the group, Oluwasegun Idowu revealed that he was sad that the Nigerian police in the state, under the leadership of Olawale Olokode, had turned into terror in the state.
According to him, “We received on Thursday with shock the news of the alleged shooting of Mr. Abiola at around 12:30 p.m. outside his house in the capital region, Osogbo, on Sunday. The victim was allegedly shot in the leg by policemen from Housing Police Station, Ring Road, Osogbo while eating indomie with his friend Matthew (who is currently being held) and his girlfriend (who also was discontinued but has since been published). After several interventions, we are shocked that Osun Police Command has since been unable to provide any details as to the reason for the shooting or the whereabouts of the victim.
“We are aware of covert maneuvers to blame the victims of armed robbery to justify the shootings, while there are eyewitnesses who may disagree with this idea and we are waiting how it will play out in court and public opinion.
“While we appreciate the efforts of the Police Complaints Response Unit (PCRU) and Ms. Abiodun Ige (Special Advisor to the Governor of Osun State for Security) who ensured that the calm be kept in public space in Osogbo, however we have a few questions for the Osun Police Command.
“We very strongly condemn the use of excessive force which is now becoming the operational code of the men of the Osun Command of the Nigerian Police, which has resulted in the death of some citizens of the state. We also condemn the brazen disregard of the rule of law and the provisions of the Police Act by unlawfully detaining suspects and denying them their right to counsel, as provided for in the Constitution.
“Our Demands: Through this statement, we request information on Mr. Abiola’s whereabouts before the close of business on Friday, April 8, failing which Osun Command must be prepared to face legal action and also to a public action in the same order of ideas, because the citizens are already ready to descend to the command of the State to protest against this disappearance.
“That Mr. Matthew detained be allowed to see a lawyer and that the reason for which he was arrested and detained be communicated to him.”
Earlier on Friday, the Osun State Police Command warned youths not to participate in any form of protest in the state as the command had credible intelligence that some youths and individuals and groups were planning to engage in protests against the police in the performance of their duties. legitimate duties.
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The Osun police command had also announced the death of Abiola Afolabi Olamide.
The announcement was contained in a press release signed by the command’s police public relations officer, Yemisi Opalola.
Opalola had disclosed that the deceased and his colleagues were armed robbery suspects.
“Credible intelligence available to the command revealed that some young people, individuals or groups were planning to engage in a protest against the police in the exercise of their legitimate duties.
“In view of this, Police Commissioner CP Olawale Olokode, psc wishes to set the record straight that on 29th March 2022 at approximately 2:14 a.m., Police Commissioner received a distress call from a woman around Dada Estate Area of the State, Zone Nine, Behind Capital Hotel, Osogbo on the activities of certain suspected criminals who had jumped into its compound and invaded the premises.
“Following information received, the Commissioner of Police immediately deployed Nigeria Police officers and men to the area. Seeing the presence of the Nigerian police, they quickly scaled the fence and fled into the bush. The police chased them but they escaped. They took away 1 laptop, 5 phones, N300,000.00 and other valuables. Therefore, the police commissioner has increased surveillance and patrols around the area.
“Five days after the above incident, i.e. Monday, April 4, 2022 at approximately 02:15 a.m., the information received based on intelligence was that suspected fully armed criminals and thugs were holding a nighttime meeting behind a house around the same Dada Estate Area, Area 11, Behind Capital Hotel, Osogbo in preparation to carry out other criminal activities in the area.
“Therefore, the police quickly stormed the area. On sighting the police, the suspected criminals opened fire on them, the police reacted accordingly and in the process, one of the suspected criminals was hit and injured, two were arrested including a lady while others escaped through the bush. Items recovered from the scene of the incident include: single barrel pistol cut to size, live and spent cartridge, army camouflage t-shirt, army ID card Nigerian, charms, etc.
“The alleged injured criminal was taken to hospital for treatment, but later died.”
Information about the disappearance of Abiola Afolabi Olamide was first revealed by his girlfriend.
Relying on her Instagram account, she accused Nigerian police of shooting her boyfriend and taking him to an undisclosed location in Osogbo, Osun State.
Sharing photos of her boyfriend, she demanded the police reveal his whereabouts.
According to her, “My boyfriend visited his friend, a cell phone technician named Matthew, at his store on Sunday, April 3, 2022.
“Abiola then followed the friend home and while they were having dinner with Matthew’s fiancée, the police burst in without a warrant, claiming they were taking part in a raid.
“In the process, they shot Abiola in the leg and then took his body to an undisclosed hospital.
“Matthew and his fiancée have also been arrested but the fiancée has now been released, while Matthew remains in custody.”
She also revealed that police claimed they did not know Abiola’s whereabouts, but were in possession of his phone and car.
Abiola Afolabi: Osun police and civil society group disagree on killing of youth
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