Police Officer Allegedly Shoots OPC Member to Death in Ibadan

A member of the Odua People’s Congress identified as Moruf Ganiyu, has been reportedly killed as a result of the gunshots wounds sustained during an altercation with a policeman, around Imalefalafia area of Ibadan.

The policeman identified as Obasanjo Atoyebi, on Thursday night had shot at the victim who later passed on last Saturday.

Late Moruf, being the head of a private security in charge of security in the area, was said to have challenged Atoyebi for driving to the area late whenever he returned from Lagos and shooting into the air at night, but the policeman was said to have rained insults on him.

An altercation reportedly ensued between the duo and the policeman was said to have shot Moruf.

Moruf was said to have been shot at twice in the stomach and the back, before the police fled the area.

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Residents had rushed to the scene to rescue the deceased and rushed him to hospital before he was referred elsewhere and got the bullets extracted.

However, the bullet in the stomach was said to have lodged in his intestine and that led to his death on Saturday.

Speaking with newsmen, a resident of the area, Lukman Akinwale, said the policeman attached to Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (F-SARS) in Lagos state, always shot into the air anytime he was around and residents had warned him to desist.

On that fateful Thursday, he was said to have repeated it and the deceased went to challenge him and that led to the altercation and he shot him twice.

Some angry residents were said to have destroyed the shop of the policeman’s wife and wanted to set ablaze their rented apartment but the landlord and other tenants were said to have pleaded with them to have a rethink.

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Reacting to the unfortunate incident, the Coordinator of the OPC in Oyo state, Rotimi Olumo, when contacted described the killing of Moruf as unacceptable.

He called on the police to fish out the killer cop, saying nobody has the right to take another man’s life, without an order of the court.

Olumo said, “I know Moruf very well. He was our unit commander but he has stopped attending our meetings for a while. He is the one engaged by auto dealers in the area to secure their vehicles.

“I was told that he asked the policeman why he was coming back late and driving recklessly and an argument ensued from there.

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“The policeman was said to have shot him in the stomach and at the back and he was taken to where the bullets were extracted, but he died on Saturday.

“The killing should be investigated and the killer should be brought to justice. There are places where terrorists are troubling Nigerians, he should have gone to such a place if he is that good at shooting.

“My appeal is that this killing must be investigated. I was even told by some people that he had been dismissed from the police because of such behaviour. But he should be brought back to face the law”, he added.


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