Olafimihan Adeoye, Commissioner of Police in Osun State, has reassured members of the public that the officer found culpable in the shooting of Tunde Nafiu, will “face the full wrath of the law”.
This was his position, in a statement signed by the Police Public Relations Office of the Osun State Command, on Sunday.
According to the Commissioner, the officer, whose name was not given in the statement, is an operative of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad attached to the Area Command Headquarters, Iwo.
Noting that the officer that allegedly fire the shot that killed the deceased was promptly arrested and transferred to the SCIID, Osogbo for interrogation, he, however, commended his officers for exercising restraint when youths on the area went on rampage to protest the killings.
The statement noted that the protest was hijacked by hoodlums, “who took the law into their hands” and in the process “torched the buildings housing the offices and residence of the Area Commander, as well as three patrol vans and two other vehicles belonging to the officers of the Area Command”.
The Commissioner of Police also visited the Oluwo of Iwoland, Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi, and the latter “commended the Police for exercising restraint, despite the very unruly behaviour of the rampaging youths”, and “thanked the Police for all efforts aimed at stemming the rate of crime in Iwo and environs”.
The statement read in part: “On 23/8/2018, at about 2200hrs, information was received that an operative of the Special Anti Robbery Squad attached to the Area Command Headquaters, Iwo allegedly shot and fatally wounded one Tunde Nafiu 'm', aged 30 years at Agboigboro in Iwo.
“The Area Commander immediately moved out, doused the tension and assured the gathered youths that justice will be done. The officer that allegedly [fired] the shot that killed the deceased, was promptly arrested and transferred to the SCIID, Osogbo, for interrogation.
“In the early hours of 24/8/2018, a very large crowd of youths thronged the Area Command Headquarters to protest the killing. The protest was however hijacked by some hoodlums who took the law into their hands. In the process they torched the buildings housing the offices and residence of the Area Commander, as well as three patrol vans and two other vehicles belonging to the officers of the Area Command. The Police exercised serious restraint in order to prevent further loss of lives.
“However, the hoodlums were eventually dispersed, while 31 of them were arrested and undergoing interrogation. The situation has been brought under control while people are going about their lawful businesses.
“The Commissioner of Police, Olafimihan Adeoye visited the scene for [on-the-spot] assessment and reassured members of the public that the erring officer will be made to face the full wrath of the law. He also advised that people should endeavour to conduct themselves peacefully and lawfully even when showing their grievances."
The Oluwo also provided alternative accommodation for the Police, while noting that urgent steps would be taken to renovate the torched facilities.
The statement continued: “The Commissioner of Police thereafter visited the parents of the late Tunde Nafiu at their residence in Ile-Ogbo to convey the condolence message of the Inspector-General of Police to the family. The family and other sympathisers were reassured of the resolve of the IGP to ensure that justice will not only be served, but will be seen to have been served.”