Some policemen in Ido-Ekiti, Ido-Osi Local Government Area of Ekiti State, yesterday killed a girl, Tayo Abe, and injured eight others.
Among the injured were two of Tayo’s siblings, who were on their father’s farm when policemen invaded the place and began shooting.
Tayo was said to have died instantly and her siblings – Adeniyi and Ayodeji – reportedly sustained gunshot injuries. They were taken to a hospital for treatment.
It was gathered that the “policemen” who fired the shots ran away.
The residents protested the killing of the girl and urged the security agencies to fish out the perpetrators.
Rather than placate the protesters, the policemen reportedly opened fire on the protesters.
Four of the protesters were reportedly injured and two others hit by stray bullets.
One of those hit by the stray bullets was identified as Seun Babatunde, who was praying in a nearby mosque when the policemen’s bullet penetrated the place of worship.
Also hit was a personal assistant to the town’s monarch, Taye Eyiola, whom a bullet hit in the leg.
A commercial motorcycle operator (okada), Segun Ogunmuase, was also hit by a stray bullet.
The angry residents reportedly mobilised and headed to the police station, where they burnt three patrol vehicles.
The prompt intervention of the monarch, in company of some aides of Governor Kayode Fayemi, including the Chief Security Officer (CSO) and the Senior Special Assistant on Internal Security, Mr. Deji Adesokan, prevented the situation from degenerating into a crisis.
Acting spokesperson for the police command, Mr. Victor Babayemi, confirmed the development.
He said: “I heard there was violence in Ido-Ekiti. A woman was shot and killed under a suspicious circumstance and some youths in the town set part of the police station in the town ablaze. But they were stopped before they could destroy the whole place.
“I can confirm to you that the policeman, who fired the shot, has been arrested and is undergoing interrogation. Some of the youths who committed the arson have also been arrested and detained. But the situation is being brought under control.”
Culled from The Nation