– The killing of a student in Oyo state has sparked controversy
– According to the commandant of Amotekun, the deceased was an armed robber but NASS claimed he was a student
– Meanwhile, Nigerians have lambasted the security outfit for the slaying
Following the killing of a student in Oyo state, the Oyo state chapter of Amotekun, has claimed that the deceased was an armed robber and a cultist.
Amotekun was accused of killing the student by the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) had accused the security outfit of killing Akolade Gbadebo, a 400-level student of the Federal College of Education Special (SPED), Oyo (with affiliation to the University of Ibadan).
NANS said he was shot dead after Amotekun corps was invited to clear a barricade by students around Sabo area of Oyo town, The Cable reports.
Mayowa Opakunle, chairman of NANS joint campus committee in Oyo said:
“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.”
However, Olayinka Olayanju, Amotekun commandant, claimed it was an armed robber that they killed.
He said the deceased was with two other criminals at roadblock mounted around Sabo area of the town. According to him, his accomplices were arrested and handed over to the police.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng Nigerians have reacted to the latest development with many people criticising Amotekun for the killings.
Kelvin Chux Okoh wrote on Facebook:
“This abuse of unsecured power. You have no justification whatsoever for killing anyone”
Saad Adamu wrote:
“Even before it all began? By the way, who authorise their carrying arms. Their mandate by my knowledge does not include carrying arms. This is why there shouldn’t be all sorts of militia groups posing as regional security outfits.”
Meanwhile, NANS threatened to embark on massive protest should the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) resume its industrial strike action.
Speaking through its newly-elected president Sunday Asefon on Thursday, December 24, NANS described as a slap the ASUU’s position that the strike was suspended “conditionally.
Legit.ng recalls that after 10 months, the lecturers’ body announced the suspension of the strike action.
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