The Oyo State Security Network Agency, also known as Operation Amotekun, has said the person killed by its men is the leader of an armed robbery gang.
The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) had said the slain person is Akolade Gbadebo, a 400-level student of the Federal College of Education (Special) Oyo, associated with UI, insisting that he is not an armed robber.
Olayanju Olayinka, a retired colonel and commandant of the Amotekun in Oyo State, said his men only had an encounter with a three-man robbery gang and killed its leader. He added that the two surviving members of the gang were handed to the Atiba Police Station in Oyo town.
“On Sunday 20th December, 2020, at about 0040hrs (past 12midnight), a mobile patrol team of Amotekun operatives from Oyo East and Atiba Local Government Areas ran into an illegal roadblock mounted around Sabo area in Oyo town, opposite old Isale Oyo Community Bank along Oyo – Ogbomoso expressway,” he said.
“While the team was attempting to clear the barricade to facilitate smooth passage for interstate commercial vehicles plying the road, a group of armed men suspected to be robbers fired at the Amotekun operation and a gun duel ensued.”
“Preliminary investigation conducted at Atiba Police post revealed the identity of the deceased as a student of the Federal College of Education Special(SPED), Oyo and a known cultist. The gang members confirmed that the deceased was their gang leader and that they have been terrorising the general area of Afijio and Oyo township for some time.”