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Police Did Not Shoot Corps Member In Ibadan – PRO

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The Oyo State Police Command on Friday debunked viral reports that its operatives shot at a member of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Ibadan.

The Public Relations Officer of the Oyo Police Command, DSP Adewale Osifeso in a statement in Ibadan on Friday said contrary to initial reports, it was the corp member that used his vehicle to knock down an officer who was on a stop and search mission.

He added that the corps members attacked the police operatives, deflated the tyres of their operational vehicle, and stabbed an officer in the neck who had to be rushed off to a hospital for medical attention.

Naija News recalls some corps members stormed the street on Thursday to protest the reported shooting of one of them by a policeman at the Orita Challenge area of Ibadan.

The protest was based on reports that a policeman opened fire at a checkpoint and shot a corps member who was in the company of his colleagues as they were returning from their Community Development Service (CDS) programme.

But Osifeso claimed on Friday that the reported version of events is wrong and blamed agents of mischief for spreading lies.

Giving the Police version of the incident, the Oyo Command PRO said the corpers who were in a tinted Toyota Camry car with Reg. No ABY 237 JRrefused to stop when they were flagged down at a checkpoint but instead knocked down one of the officers on duty with their car.

He said: “A reckless driving corps member, in the company of his colleagues while returning from their CDS, in a white tinted Toyota Camry with Reg. No ABY 237 JR, was flagged down by operatives on legitimate stop and search duties along Black Horse Area, New Garage, Off Ibadan-Ijebu-Ode Road.

“The corps member, however, drove directly towards the officers and knocked down, one Sgt. Agbadahun Bright.”

The PRO said after knocking down the officer, the corps member drove off in an attempt to escape but was eventually caught by the Policemen after he ran into a tricycle on the other side of the road.

He explained further that when he was caught, the corps member after sighting other corps members returning from the CDS, raised a false alarm claiming the officer shot him which then led to the protest by the corps members.

“On sighting his returning colleagues from their various Community Development Service groups, he immediately raised a false alarm about being shot at by the Police officers.

“Thus, inciting the now riotous corps members to completely cut off the flow of traffic by blocking the road and other adjoining routes, before proceeding to attack any officer in sight.

“Assertively, no shot was fired at the scene by any officer(s) before or after the incident at the corps member or his vehicle, rather the riotous corps members smashed the side mirrors of the officer’s operational vehicle, broke its windscreen and deflated all its tyres.

“The riotous corps members then pounced on Sgt. Agbadahun Bright and stabbed his right cheek with a sharp object.

“The officer was immediately rescued by a swift police reinforcement and he is presently receiving medical attention,” Osifeso added.

Osifeso further said the Commissioner of Police in the state, Ngozi Onadeko, had ordered further investigation into the matter and updates would be provided to the public in due course.

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