By Abdul Rahman
Two persons were reported dead and many other sustained injuries Wednesday night when officers of the Oyo State Security Network known as Amotekun clashed with some residents at Tapa community, Ibarapa North Local government, Oyo State Southwest Nigeria.
HumAngle gathered from multiple residents that the clash occurred at about 10.30 pm when Amotekun officers stormed the venue of an ongoing carnival organised by the youth in the town.
Upon their arrival, they ordered the organizers to stop the carnival immediately, a source told our reporter.
But the order did not go down well with some of the youth which led to an argument with the officers.
“Along the line, the Amotekun started shooting directly at them,” a resident said.
This led to the death of two youths, one Razak Odugbemi and Lekan Ogunlade, who were both confirmed dead at the General Hospital in Ayete town.
HumAngle gathered from residents that at least three other youths who sustained injuries are still receiving treatment at an hospital in Igboora, one of the towns in the area.
While confirming the incident, Olayinka Olayanju, a retired Colonel and the Commandant of Amotekun Corps in Oyo State, said an investigation has been launched to get to the root of the incident.
“The preliminary investigation revealed that some youths were organising carnival in Obada and our men attempted to disperse them. Some of them fired gunshots at our operatives and they responded,”Olayanju said.
“Two of the youth were shot and have been confirmed dead. That is the situation for now. But, we are still investigating the incident,” he added.
This is the third time officers of the security outfit would be involved in a shooting incident since it came into operation.
HumAngle reported how Amotekun officers shot dead Kolade Gbadebo, an undergraduate of the University of Ibadan, who went to eat at Sabo area of Oyo town on Friday, December 18.
Barely 15 days after allegedly killing Gbadebo, another Amotekun officer, Ibrahim Ogundele shot a police constable in Oyo town.