From Hideout, I Saw Policemen Hack Dad To Death, Shoot His Nephew Dead

Daud Olatunji writes regarding the dirt raised by the killing of two villagers in Ogun village by police who later labeled them terrorists

‘I free by a whisker once the police ambushed my father and his nephew. They showered bullets on both of them, but the bullets did not penetrate their bodies. one amongst the policemen later captive nearer to them and forcibly took the Dane gun happiness to Bara (Kolawole) and shot him to death.

“The same officer approached my father, took his knife and hacked him to death. I saw however he killed them from where I hid, “said 25-year-old survivor, Alani Ojugbele.

The combine were allegedly killed by the police several hours once Associate in Nursing Inspector, Omolayo Olajide, was dead by yet-to-be-identified persons throughout a clash between some herders and Yoruba farmers in Saala Orile, Yewa-North government house of Ogun State.

the two victims were referred to as Kolawole Bara and Sole Ojugbele. whereas Ojugbele was aforementioned to be a relative to the village head, Bara, popularly known as Alape, was known as a younger brother to the village head of Adekan village getting ready to Saala-Orile, Chief Adisa Bara.

Speaking with our correspondent, Ojugbele aforementioned the combine and himself were on a motorcycle on the move the villages several minutes once the violent incident.

He said they were stopped dead by a team of policemen around Saala-Orile who shot at them.

He said “I am a farmer. i accustomed be with my father when he was killed. Some of us came to our house to tell him that the baale required to examine him and he left. once he came home, he said the baale asked him to check the village and provides him a report of what was happening there. That was but I we have a tendency tont with my father to travel to the area. once we were returning, my father aforementioned that we should pass Saala Orile.

“We determined to assess the areas from Saala Orile to Ijaka-Oko. we’ve an inclination to saw some policemen at skilled worker stop at Saala Orile junction which we passed them by towards Ijaka-Oke. we have a tendency to later turned towards Ijaka-Oko once making an attempt around the area. On our approach back, the police were still at the junction with their van

“The bike we have a tendency to Saturday on was driven by Alape (Bara). we’ve an inclination to went through the realm which we turned back towards Saala-Orile to expertise the realm to our house. As we passed Ijaka-Oke to Saala-Orile Junction, we met some policemen and one amongst them alighted from the van and started shooting at us.

“As he shot at my father and Alape, the bullets didn’t penetrate their bodies. but once he exhausted the bullets in his gun, he captive towards them and snatched the gun control by Alape Associate in Nursingd shot at him at an thorough range. The gun penetrated his body and killed him. Another cop at constant time dragged my begetter from the rear and used a knife to kill him.

“I fled once the cop started shooting and hid somewhere around. If not for the actual fact that i accustomed be together fortified from bullets, i might are killed too. it completely was the police that hacked my father to death and shot Alape dead. once killing them, they place their bodies inside their van and drove away. It happened on the Saala-Orile Road getting ready to a mechanic search within the area. My father wasn’t a bandit. He was a farmer. Alape was together not a bandit, he was a hunter.”

expression the inspector’s death, the state police command aforementioned he was shot dead by terrorists throughout a gun duel within the area. The police labeled Bara and Ojugbele killed the crisis as terrorists.

The exponent for the police in the state, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, in a {very} very statement said the incident occurred on Tuesday, New Style calendar month 24, 2022 in Saala-Orile forest within the Yewa-North LGA.

Oyeyemi noted that the operatives of the state police command gunned down {2|two|a combine of} terrorists throughout a gun battle inside the forest following the alleged attack on some herders.

Oyeyemi claimed that the pair were killed following a sign received by policemen connected to Ayetoro division that a bunch of terrorists were offensive some Fulani herdsmen at Isaala Orile forest.

in keeping with him, the DPO Ayetoro, CSP Claude Bernard Ediogboyan, quickly semiconductor diode his men and operatives of the joint security intervention squad to the scene.

He said, “On observation the policemen, the bandits opened fireside on them and so the policemen replied hearth for fire.

“At the top of the encounter that lasted for regarding twenty minutes, two amongst the bandits were shot dead whereas others free with variable degrees of shooting injuries. Regrettably, Associate in Nursing inspector of police, by name Omolayo Olajide, lost his life throughout the gun duel.”

but the villagers disagreed with the police, auditory communication that those killed weren’t terrorists however hunters and farmers.

The villagers known them as village high chiefs who worked with the village head, Chief Adisa Bara of Adekan village.

In its reaction to the development, Yewa North jingoistic Forum faulted the police on the killings.

The forum in a {very} very statement by its spokesperson, Fatolu Ganiyu, condemned the killing of the villagers by the police throughout a clash between farmers and herders inside the area.

The statement scan in part, “The forum finds it mischievous, despicable, and inciteful a unleash issued on the recent Fulani herders-farmers clash in Saala Orile by the African nation Police Force, Ogun State Command, signed by DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi (PPRO Ogun State Police Command).

“It is depressing and unacceptable that the police might descend that low to support those suspected Fulani herdsmen that they have noted from past times to possess been terrorising the farmers, capture and killing innocent citizens.

“It could also be a deliberate fabrication by the police to tag innocent villagers living within Ayetoro, Saala Orile, Erinpa and neighbourhood as bandits. This clearly was done in a rush to cover up the amateur approach its men handled the conflict at Saala Orile.”

The forum declared that despite the state anti-open grazing law, constant issue happened once herdsmen with their animals invaded farms of innocent farmers at Saala Orile, Erinpa, Agada and Ogodo, destroying the farms.

It added, “The farmers then referred to as on the hunters to help push back the animals from their farms. it completely was at currently that the well armed herders brought out weapons and attacked every the hunters and farmers.’’

The forum alleged that the herders referred to as the police who promptly responded whereas they ne’er answered previous calls by the farmers to come back back for his or her protection.

Saturday PUNCH gathered that the killings were triggered by the inspector’s death. it completely was gathered that the crisis erupted once some herders living in neighbor villages touched their cattle on farms placed in some villages admire Erinpa, Agada, Ogodo, Ijaka-Oke, Adekan and Saala-Orile .

Irked by the loss, some farmers reportedly sought-after facilitate from Agbekoya and hunters inside the house who confronted the herdsmen over their action. The clash between the Agbekoya and so the herders didn’t record any casualty.

The herders reportedly alerted the police who allegedly stormed the place to safeguard the herdsmen aforementioned to be below attack. Some villagers who spoke to Saturday PUNCH on condition of obscurity said the police opened hearth on the hunters but the bullets didn’t penetrate.

It alleged that the hunters in self-defence killed one amongst the policemen whereas different cops fled for reinforcement.

 

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