By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
It was confusion galore in Ile Igbon area of Surulere Local Government Area of Oyo State as a Police Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in the town reportedly shot an Amotekun operative
It was learnt that Amotekun operatives from the local government were in Ile Igbon to invite a herder based in the town following petition against the said herder by a farmer in the town. Sources said upon the petition,of “malicious damage from the farmer on Thursday,, Two Amotekun operatives, namely Olatunji Mayowa and Jenyo Isiaka were sent to invite the suspected Bororo Fulani man to the Amotekun station.
According to our sources, the D.P.O. on Friday morning ordered the arrest of the Amotekun operatives for arresting the suspected herder claiming that it was wrong for the Amotekun operatives to have effected the arrest of the herdsman.
The sources said following the arrest of the two of its operatives, seven other Amotekun men from Surulere Local Government headed for the Ile- Igbon Division of the Nigeria Police Force to effect the the release of the detained two Amotekun operatives
It was learnt that trouble started when the Amotekun men arrived the Divisional Police station while discussing with the Police Station guard, when the D.P.O in charge of the station reportedly rushed out from inside the station, allegedly collected the AK 47 rifle from an Officer standing by, cocked and allegedly started firing at the legs of the standing Amotekun operatives during which Job Adewale was hit at close range on the right leg, breaking his right Tibia and Fibula Bones,
The source stressed that after emptying the magazine, the D.P.O identified as Adepoju Ayodeji reloaded and released many shots and that as the Amotekun operatives were trying to carry the wounded Adewale, the DPO continued shooting and pursued Amos away outside the station.
Contacted, Oyo State Police command Public Relations Officer (PPRO) CSP Gbenga Fadeyi said he was yet to be briefed on the incident as at the time of sending this report.