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The Corps Commander of the Ondo State Security Network(Amotekun), Adetunji Adeleye, has clarified the circumstance which led to the death of a student of Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo(RUGIPO), after he was shot by one of its operatives.

Mr Adeleye, a retired Brigadier General, said the incident occured while his men were trying to effect an arrest of hoodlums and the victim was one of them.

He said the hoodlums tried to disarm the operatives when the weapon of one of his men triggered off and wounded the victim.

The incident occured on the 27th of June 2022, but he later died of the injuries on Thursday, July 7.

Students of the polytechnic erupted in a wild protest on Friday to demand compensation from the security agency.

The victim, Folarera Ademola, was an ND1 student of the department of Science Laboratory Technology.

The protesting students gave the state government a 24-hour ultimatum to hand over the said officer to the Nigeria police for proper prosecution, take charge of the deceased’s burial, and compensate the family.

Speaking on behalf of the students, the Students’ Union President, Olorunda Oluwafemi, confirmed that the boy was shot on the 27th of June by an officer of the Amotekun in front of his parents’ house.

Mr Oluwafemi added that the deceased suffered the gunshot wounds for 10 days before he was taken to the federal medical center Owo, where he gave up the ghost on Thursday.

He said the protesting students would march from the school gate through the Palace of Olowo before taking the protest to Amotekun’s office to further express their grievance.

But Mr Adeleye said the corps received with dismay and sadness the death news of a student of the institution.

Mr Adeleye in a statement made available to newsmen on Friday, said the command would carry out thorough investigation to reveal the real cause of his death.

“It is necessary for the Corps to explain to the public what transpired few days ago that led to the unfortunate death of the student,” Amotekun said in statement on Friday.

“In its avowed determination to ensure that Ondo State is rid of criminal elements, the state Amotekun Corps is investigating the case of a syndicate that specializes in attacking Okada riders with dangerous weapons and dispossess them of their motorcycles in the process.

“Luck however ran out of one of the syndicates who was given a hot chase into a building in Owo by men of the Amotekun Corps where other members of the gang were met 15 men in the building, 7 out of the men stacked naked in side the room filled with smoke. And four Okadas were also found in side the bedroom.

“After introducing themselves to the men, the men struggled disarm the operative who alarm attracted the other two outside.

“In an attempt to apprehend the suspect, they swung on men of the Corps, trying to disarm them and in the course of the struggle, one of their riffles triggered off and hit one of the suspects and an Amotekun officer.

“At that instance non of them told Amotekun officers that they were students.

“Our men eventually overpowered the suspects, arrested and took them to the Corps Office in Owo where they were detained while investigation continued.”

“He was released on health ground, promising to return him to the corps custody so as to continue investigation.

“The suspect left our facility on same day, 11 days after the incident to get first aid treatment with the promise to return in continuation of the investigation.

“Surprisingly, the news of the dead injured suspect’s filtered yesterday after 11 days the incident occurred.

“Amotekun therefore registered its Condolences to the family and friends of the deceased.

“The Comamnd also assured the public that it will work with stakeholders including NANS, the Polytechnic Community and family of the victim to ensure that justice is timely served.

“The Corps promised that it would not relent in its avowed determination to protect the residents of Ondo State in collaboration with other security agencies and sanitize the state of criminal elements terrorizing the state.”

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