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The Oyo State Security Network Agency, code name ‘Operation Amotekun’ has dismissed its officer, Afolabi Kazeem for allegedly killing a 21 year old man, Tosin Thomas in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.
Penpushing reports that the Corps noted that Afolabi Kazeem with ammunition number AM031849 acted outside the Amotekun Corps’ protocols, and he has been handed over to the police for prosecution.
The Commandant of Oyo State the security network(Amotekun), Col. Olayinka Olayanju (rtd), in a statement noted that the Corps deeply regretted the loss of the victim, and condoled with the family.
“At about 10 PM on Wednesday, January 13, 2021, Operatives of Amotekun, led by Team Leader George Idowu, got an alert of a purported armed robbery operation at Total Filling Station, Mokola, Ibadan’, the statement reads.
Penpushing further reports the statement explained that following the distress call, the team leader and his team of seven members, arrived the scene, adding that on arrival at the scene of the alleged crime, it turned out that it was not an armed robbery operation, though a crowd had gathered.
“The team leader, sensing no immediate danger to anyone at the scene immediately proceeded to speak with the station manager. While he was with the manager, he heard a gunshot.As it turned out, one of his team members, by the name Afolabi Kazeem, who felt sufficiently threatened by the crowd, which included some hoodlums armed with cutlasses and other dangerous weapons, opened fire to supposedly scare away the crowd. Unfortunately, his shot hit one Mr Tosin Thomas, 23, who was subsequently confirmed dead’.
“For this reason, he has been summarily dismissed from the and has been handed over to the police for prosecution, and the team leader George Idowu is being thoroughly investigated and will face all necessary sanctions’.
“We want to reassure members of the public of our internal mechanisms for dealing with erring officers. We will continue to train and retrain our officers on best practices and rules of engagement’.
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