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Commissioner of Police orders investigation into alleged killing of betting agent in Abeokuta

The Ogun State Police Command commenced investigation into the alleged killing of a betting agent, identified as Abiodun Aanuoluwapo, in Imala/Elega area of Abeokuta, Ogun State Capital by a trigger-happy police officer late Friday night.

Penpushing reports that the Command Public Relations Officer, Omolola Odutola who confirmed the said incident said in a statement that the Commissioner of Police has made contact with all stakeholders involved and directed an investigation into the incident.

“We have gotten the information that one Aanu was a victim, it is not easy to say exactly what happened, but the CP is in touch with the stakeholders. He has called everybody involved so that we can start investigating what happened. We are aware, we have been informed, but we are still deliberating on the matter,” she said.

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Penpushing further reports that following the ugly development hundreds of youths in the area embarked on a street protest on Saturday calling on the state government and the police authority to ensure that the officer who killed Aanuoluwapo is brought to justice.

The deceased popularly called ‘Pepe’, was said to be a graduate of Moshood Abiola Polytechnic (MAPOLY), Abeokuta, operating a Bet9ja shop in front of a popular hotel, First Point, in the area, while sources explained that he was in the process of shutting his shop for the day when he was hit by a stray bullet at about 8 p.m. on Friday night and died on the spot.

Penpushing also reports that another source alleged that some police officers emerged from the hotel and heavily drunk, before a bullet was let off mistakenly by one of the gun-wielding personnel, while another account has it that the policemen were on a raid or chasing a suspect when one of them accidentally killed the agent.

The source added that following the development the officers immediately escaped into the hotel and called for backup, stressing that the policemen thereafter escaped from the hotel about three hours later.

“The youth in the area tried to hold down the policemen and they ran into the First Point hotel. They had to call for reinforcement before they were able to run away later at about 11 p.m. The incident happened around 8 p.m’, the sources added.

“As they were trying to disperse the protesting youths, they kept shooting sporadically. In fact, more youths were hit by bullets but they survived it. One of the survivors’ name is Hassan; he also has a shop nearby,” the source added.

Penpushing reports that as at the time of visit to the scene bloodstains were seen at the entrance of the late Aanuoluwapo’s shop, as number of residents and passerby were wailing over the tragic incident which claimed the life of the pool agent

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