A police officer, simply identified as “Freedom” has reportedly killed a senior secondary school student of Mayigi Community High School, Ilashe in Ipokia Local Government Area of Ogun State.
It was gathered that the officer, who is attached to the Ilaro Area Command, allegedly knocked down and killed the student, identified as Adeleye Eniola with his vehicle while chasing a motorcyclist.
The police officer also injured other students who were in company with the SS 1 student.
The youths of the community under the aegis of Ipokia Local Government Youth Forum (IPYF), described the act as “unprofessional and barbaric.”
The group in a statement by its Secretary, Adeyemi Sulaimon Olusegun, lamented that the police at Idiroko Police Station fired tear gas canisters, beat and arrested students who were protesting the death of their colleagues.
“The said officer named, “FREEDOM” was reportedly chasing a motorist that escaped extortion when he killed the young girl and left other students injured in his unethical daily activities. This is one of many misconducts of policemen on Owode-Idiroko road.
“The said officer left Ilaro to perpetuate evil in Ipokia local government because the Nigeria policemen had been left unchecked and they have turned themselves to free rascals that can operate even outside their jurisdictions,” the statement said.
The group demanded the immediate arrest and prosecution of the officer for manslaughter and inciting public unrest.
The group also demanded the disbandment of all illegal checkpoints on the roads.
When contacted for reaction, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the command, Omolola Odutola, didn’t not answer several calls put to her by our correspondent, either did she respond to messages sent to her.
Meanwhile, the National Vice President of the Committee for the Defence of Human Rights, ‘Yinka Folarin has reacted to the incident, describing it as unfortunate, sucking, peace threatening, murder and dastardly perpetrated act
Folarin further described the incident as a very sad development. He joined the youth and other well meaning Ogun people and Nigerians in demanding that the Police Officer must be made to account for such dastardly act and face the wrath of the law.
He further chided the Nigeria Police Force Ogun State Command for dispersing the protesting youth with tear gas, even when they are mourning their innocent colleague.
He said if the response to the demand for justice from the Nigeria Police Force was tear gasing and destruction as alleged by the youth, it then mean the police had forgotten so quick the reminiscent of the #EndSars struggle.