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Oyo Amotekun Operative Kills Another Man As Tally Rises To 11 In Three Weeks

A man identified as Tosin Thomas has reportedly been killed by an operative of the Oyo State Security Network, codenamed Operation Amotekun.

PREMIUM TIMES gathered that Mr Thomas was killed by an operative named Afolabi Kazeem, on Wednesday evening at Total Filling Station, Mokola, in Ibadan, Oyo State.

Witnesses told our correspondent that Amotekun operatives engaged some peaceful youth in the area around 10:00 p.m. which led to a misunderstanding between the youth and the local police.

An eyewitness, who did not want his name on print, said “the Amotekun guys drove into the filling station and saw some youths. Although the place was rowdy, the youths were peaceful until we heard a gunshot. Before we could say Jack, Thomas was already on the floor and he died immediately.”

The commandant of Amotekun, Olayanju Olayinka, confirmed the incident to PREMIUM TIMES on Thursday.

Mr Olayinka, however, said the operative, who shot the deceased, has been dismissed and handed over to police.

“At about 10:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 13, 2021, operatives of Amotekun, got an alert of a purported armed robbery operation at Total Filling Station, Mokola, Ibadan. Following the distress call, seven members arrived at the scene. On arrival at the scene of the alleged crime, it turned out that it was not an armed robbery operation, though a crowd had gathered.”

“The Team Leader, sensing no immediate danger to anyone at the scene immediately proceeded to speak with the station manager. While he was with the manager, he heard a gunshot. As it turned out, one of his team members, by the name Afolabi Kazeem, who felt sufficiently threatened by the crowd, which included some hoodlums armed with cutlasses and other dangerous weapons, opened fire to supposedly scare away the crowd. Unfortunately, his shot hit one Mr Tosin Thomas, 23, who was subsequently confirmed dead”, he said.

“The Corps has found that Afolabi Kazeem with Ammunition Number AM031849 acted outside the Amotekun Corps’ protocols. He has been summarily dismissed from the Corps and handed over to the police for prosecution.”

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