The Oyo State Chapter of the Western Security Network codenamed Amotekun Corp has denied rumours making the rounds on social media that some of its operatives killed two youths at Ajanla area of Ibadan, the state capital.
Speaking with newsmen on Wednesday, the Ibadan South West Local Government Area coordinator of Amotekun, Mr Sikiru Apanpa, explained that the operatives responded to gunshots fired at them by a group of suspected hoodlums while on routine patrol at the Obafemi Awolowo Stadium (Liberty Stadium) area.
Apanpa also said that the incident occurred at Liberty Stadium junction, not Ajanla area as narrated by some mischievous media outlets.
According to him, the Amotekun operatives were at the junction where they met two men on the road with guns.
He said that on sighting the Amotekun personnel, they alerted their group members, shooting ‘ojo! ojo!!’, a code name indicating that police officers were around, with the thought that the Amotekun van was that of police.
“Others came from the dark and started shooting at us, as well as throwing bottles, which made us respond,” Apanpa said.
He pointed out that in the past, Amotekun Corps members had been killed through this similar manner, and this prompted the team to be at alert and responsive when shots were fired at the security operatives.
“We went to Foko area and saw those holding party there. We passed by without any trouble. We were also at Ring Road and saw another party going on; there was no trouble. Why would we target those at Liberty Stadium junction if we were not attacked?”
“One of our operatives was wounded during the shootings and two people were killed. Our operatives didn’t open fire at peaceful youths. Rather, they responded to gunshots fired by suspected hoodlums”, the Coordinator explained.