The National Association of Nigerian Students has accused members of the Oyo State Security Agency, Amotekun, in Oyo town of killing a 400-level student of the University of Ibadan, Akolade Gbadebo last Thursday.
The NANS Joint Campus Committee Chairman in Oyo State, Mayowa Opakunle, in an interview in Ibadan on Wednesday explained that Gbadebo was shot dead by one of the Amotekun corps, who were deployed to the area to clear a road barricaded by some students.
The NANS chairman stated that he and other student union leaders went to the Criminal Investigation Department at Iyaganku in Ibadan on Monday to report the killing but when he met with the Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of CID at Iyaganku, the ACP told him that the case was reported as robbery and cultism.
Akeju said, “A 400 Level student of University of Ibadan affiliated with Federal College of Education, Oyo (special); Akolade Gbadebo, was shot dead by a member of the Amotekun corps last Thursday.
“I was told that Amotekun corps were called that some students barricaded the road in the area. They came and somebody was said to have fired at them and they returned the fire. The bullet hit the student and he died. The incident happened around 10:30pm last Thursday.
“We want the police to investigate the matter thoroughly and Governor Seyi Makinde said during the inauguration that he should be held responsible for any crime committed by Amotekun because he is their overall boss.
“We therefore call on the Oyo State Government to ensure justice is served concerning this particular case. They should also conduct necessary orientation and training for this set of supposed security operatives, else the Amotekun corps will worsen the situation they were recruited to solve.”
A younger brother of the deceased, Habeb Gbadebo, on behalf of the family, stated that the police at Atiba had told them to go and identify the corpse.
He added, “We later went to Iyaganku and the second in command of the Amotekun corps, one Jamiu, represented the Amotekun there. He said it was a robbery case and that my brother shot at them immediately they got there.
“If my brother shot at them, how come the bullet hit him in the back? It is a mystery. They later said he was not the one that shot at them but it was another person. One thing I know is that Amotekun operatives are trying to twist the story and cover it but we won’t allow that to happen.”