Crime

Police brutality: Soccer fan shot dead at hotel bar

There was pandemonium at Queens Court Hotel bar at Ologede area in Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State on Saturday when a police officer opened fire at football fans, killing one of the spectators, identified as Olaoye Abayomi.

Penpushing reports that, the victim was said to be with his friend, Idris Adebayo at the bar , when four police officers arrived at the scene with a vehicle carrying “PF 600 – WSH” number plate

The eyewitness account has it that, the  officer allegedly alighted from the vehicle and shot towards the direction of the crowd, and a  bullet hit Abayomi in the stomach while his friend, also reportedly sustained bullet wound on the leg.

Penpushing further reports that, Abayomi died on the spot while his friend was rushed to hospital by other police officers at the scene, and in a twinkle of an eye the policeman who allegedly shot the victims took to his heels.

The incident was reported to have occurred, during a football match between Manchester United and West Brom at about 9.30pm, while speaking a witness, Adetunji Olaniyi who affirmed the sad incident said, “I went to watch a football match at Queens Court at Ologede area in Ado Ekiti when the incident occurred around 9:30 p.m,”

“The police drove into the hotel as people were watching football and drinking. All of a sudden, we heard gunshots, and those of us watching football scattered in an attempt to run away for our lives’, he explained.

“Before we could know what happened, we saw that police that entered have shot at people drinking, killing one person while the other was brutally injured on the leg”, the witness added.

Penpushing also reports that, another witness, Seun Olaifa, in his account said the atmosphere was calm and police should not have shot at peaceful citizens, adding, “they came in their usual way looking for who to raid and all we heard was gunshots and the perpetrator immediately ran leaving his colleagues who took the injured person to hospital. The police officer shot anyhow. There was no incident that warrants shooting. People were drinking and watching football”.

The Ekiti State Police Command Public Relations Officer, Sunday Abutu, when contacted confirmed the incident, adding that the policeman who fired the gunshot has been apprehended.

“The policeman who was involved in the fatal shooting at Queens Court Hotel for the reason which is still under investigation has been arrested by Ekiti State police command, disarmed and detained for investigation and disciplinary action. Ekiti State Police Commissioner implores all the good people of Ekiti State to be calm as he will ensure justice prevails”\

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