Soldiers kill civilian in Ogun State, Police launch investigation

Ogun Police Commissioner, Bashir Makama
By Femi Adediran, Abeokuta
The Ogun State Commissioner of Police, Bashir Makama has launched a full scale investigation into the shooting incident that claimed one life at Isheri area of the State on Tuesday by suspected Soldiers.
Residents of Isheri Olofin, a border community between Ogun and Lagos were reported to have been celebrating their annual “Isheri Day” when soldiers allegedly invaded the area and started shooting sporadically.
It was learnt that the soldiers, numbering four were said to have come from the Ikeja Cantonment in Lagos.
The Command’s Spokesman in a statement in Abeokuta, disclosed that credible information at the disposal of the Command has it that on the said date, four men of the Nigerian Army believed to be from Ikeja Cantonment and posted to Kara Market, left their beats and went to Isheri Olofin, a border town between Lagos and Ogun State where the indigenes of the town were celebrating their annual “Isheri Day”.
Oyeyemi said, “The Soldiers, on getting there, had a minor disagreement with some youths which made the soldiers to start shooting sporadically into the air. Consequently, one Damilare Adelani was hit by bullets and he died on the spot.”
The incident, it was gathered had infuriated the people at the scene who reacted violently against the soldiers leaving one of the soldiers and three other civilians injured.
According to Oyeyemi, “The soldiers quickly took their injured colleague to a hospital (name withheld) where they met one of the injured civilians being attended to by a Medical Doctor on duty.
“The statement from the officials of the hospital reveals that the soldiers ordered the doctor at gun-point, to leave the injured man and attend to their colleague”, the police said.
Oyeyemi alleged that the “soldiers then dragged the patient out of the bed and subsequently stabbed him to death with a Bayonet attached to the muzzle of his rifle.”
Meanwhile, Oyeyemi said, the Command has contacted the military authorities in Ogun State and efforts are in place to ensure that the suspected killer(s) are brought to book.
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