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NAF officer killed as residents protest over shooting of brothers in Ogun community

NAF officer killed as residents protest over shooting of brothers in Ogun community
October 24
23:08 2022

There was pandemonium in Owode, Yewa south LGA of Ogun state, as residents took to the streets to protest against the killing of two brothers in the area.

The brothers were said to have been shot dead over the alleged involvement of one of them in smuggling of foreign rice.

According to NAN, the shooting happened on Sunday, after which youths blocked the Sango-Idiroko road in protest.

Trouble was said to have started when some persons in army uniform accosted the elder brother and attempted to seize a vehicle he was in, which reportedly carried bags of foreign rice.

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A source said in the course of the altercation between the man and the persons dressed in army uniform, some people called his younger brother, better known as “Saheed Elegusi”.

“Saheed rushed to the scene and the two of them were shot dead by the soldiers. We don’t know when soldiers became customs officers,” the source said.

However, the men in army uniform were to have fled the scene after the shooting.

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Confirming the incident at a media briefing on Monday, Abimbola Oyeyemi, the Ogun police public relations officer (PPRO), said a NAF officer was also killed by the mob.

“Yes, the incident happened yesterday. I think it was caused by an argument between them (the two brothers) and men of the Nigerian Army. We are still investigating,” Oyeyemi said.

“But do you know that the people killed an air force officer who was just passing on his own?

“He was just going on his own. He had nothing to do with the crisis. They just mobbed him and killed him because he was in uniform.

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“Anyway, investigation is ongoing.

“The situation has been brought under control. The area is calm now. The divisional police officer of Owode and some other policemen were able to move into the scene quickly.”



This story is published in partnership with Report for the World, a global service program that supports local public interest journalism.

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