One Killed, Others Injured as Police Open Fire in Ogun State

By Esther Atani, The Sight News

Order was disrupted in the Iyana Coker area of Ifo, Ogun State when police officers opened fire at a bus stop killing a man and causing injury to an unknown number of persons.

The shooting occurred at 4:30 pm on Easter Sunday 21st of April.

Akeem Akinsanya, a 25-year-old man, was reportedly killed, according to his uncle, Habib Lawal, who witnessed the incident.

Mr Lawal, who said he is widely known in the community as ‘Obasanjo’, said the plainclothes officers were in the area to arrest a man.

“They came to our area in a red Mazda 323 around 4:30 p.m. to arrest a man,” Mr Lawal said. “They arrested the man, but they started shooting into the air as they were about to drive away from the area.”

It was the sporadic shooting that led to the death of Mr Akeem Akinsanya and the severe injury of others who were later transported to the hospital. The offending officers were apprehended and taken to the police station in Ifo. They were still being detained as at 7:45pm.

The officers were said to be of the Zonal Intervention Squad of Zone 2 Police Command.

In response, irate members of the Iyana Coker community took to the streets to express anger over the killing which is one more notch in the recent spate of police shootings.

This incident comes barely three weeks after Kolade Johnson was killed by a stray police bullet in Lagos, and a week after a young woman was shot dead while returning from a nightclub also in the commercial capital.

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