A 32-year-old businessman identified as Yemi Ajayi has been shot dead by a policeman at the Iwo Road interchange in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital.
According to eyewitness, the policemen who were said to be in Oyo state colored branded Nissan Micra car, stopped Ajayi and his brother Kayode Atanda in their Toyota Camry while going to office.
The source said before the driver opened the door, the drunk police had shot him in his arm and the bullet hit the deceased who was sitting beside him in the stomach.
“I was here when the incident happened. He was about to open the car door when the drunken police officer shot him. All the three police officers were drunk. I think government needs to put an end to this unreasonable killing,” the eyewitness said.
An elder brother to the victim, Sola Ajayi told newsmen in Ibadan that the deceased was the breadwinner of the family, saying “the death of Yemi had created vacuum in the family, especially in the life of our aged mother.”
Sola said when the family heard about the unfortunate incident, they went to the testing ground police station to confirm but it was only their vehicle that was at the station. He added:
“It was only Kayode Atanda, our cousin who was rushed to the University Teaching Hospital (UCH) for treatment that we met in the hospital. I pray the arm would not later be amputated.”
According to him, the second-in-command at the police area command, while speaking with the deceased family lawyer, said the incident was a mistake, adding that the police who committed the crime had been arrested and detained at Iyagaku area command.
Ajayi said whereabouts of the remains of his brother is yet unknown to the family, adding that police abandoned the wounded Kayode at the UCH. He therefore demanded for justice for the innocent victims, saying “my brother must not die in vein.”
The Police Public Relationship Officer (PPRO), Olugbenga Fadeyi who confirmed the development to our correspondent said the state command had began investigation into the matter. Fadeyi said;
“A team of ACPOL Agodi who were on routine patrol at Iwo road interchange on 09/07/2020 at about 1215 pm stopped a Toyota Camry car which was alleged to have refused to stop.
In the processed one of the Policemen fired a shot which hit one Adeyemi ‘m’ in the stomach and was rushed to Police hospital Agodi for treatment but was later confirmed dead by the Medical personel. Investigation had commenced into the incident, please.”
KanyiDaily had also reported how an Okada rider was shot dead yesterday by a police officer for refusing to pay N50 bribe in place of his offence of not wearing a facemask at a checkpoint at Banana junction, Amaifeke in Imo State.