NANS Protest – Oyo Amotekun Clears the Air on Shooting

The Oyo State Security Network Agency, and Amotekun Corps, has said that its operatives did not kill any student of the University of Ibadan, contrary to an erroneous indication painted by some students’ bodies in several online media.

Oyo State Security Network Agency and Amotekun Corps, 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, neutralized its leader and handed the two surviving members to the Atiba Police Station in Oyo town.

The statement reads that 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 roadblock mounted around the Sabo area in Oyo town, opposite the old Isale Oyo Community Bank along Oyo – Ogbomosho expressway.

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 other gang members were arrested at the scene with a locally made pistol with cartridges.

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.

The 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 statement added that the gang members confirmed that the deceased was their gang leader and that they have been terrorizing the Afijio and Oyo Township for some time.

Consequently, the Amotekun commandant implored newsmen and the Media to always balance their stories in the future and in particular, carry out investigative journalism to unravel facts surrounding every circumstance before rushing to the press.

The Corps, however, assured all of its unflinching commitment to its responsibilities of protecting the good people of Oyo State.

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