The Oyo State Security Network Agency known as Amotekun has explained that its officer, Ibrahim Ogundele, who shot and injured a policeman during the New Year carnival in Oyo town did not do so intentionally.
Ogundele had shot a police constable, Fatai Yekeini, in the thigh in Oyo on Saturday and he was arrested by the police immediately.
However, the Commandant of the Amotekun corps in Oyo State, Col. Olayinka Olayanju (retd) said on Monday that his officer did not shoot at the policemen deliberately, saying there was no reason for him to do that.
Olayanju said this in a statement made available to our correspondent in Ibaadan on Monday by the media officer of the security outfit, Mrs Ayolola Adedoja.
Narating how it happened, he said Amotekun corps were invited by the police to join them in dismantling a carnival stage and the incident happened shortly after the stage had been cleared off the road.
Olayanju said, “Amotekun operatives were invited by the police to join hands with them to dismantle a carnival stage. The carnival was held against the earlier warnings to the organisers by the police.
“The carnival stage was dismantled unchallenged, but after this, the gun with Ogundele Ibrahim discharged accidentally and hit the community police officer on the thigh The cause of this ( accidental discharge) has not been known.
“Yekini Fatai was rushed to the General Hospital in Oyo town where he was treated and he has been discharged.
“I want to state categorically here that there was no feud of any kind between Ogundele Ibrahim and Yekini Fatai to warrant shooting him.”