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Residents Caution Police Against Releasing Suspect Allegedly Involved In Murder Of Oyo Youth Leader

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Residents of Akinyele Local Government Area of Oyo State have urged the State Police command to prosecute the herdsman allegedly arrested in connection with the killing of a youth leader in the Local Government Area.

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The residents who spoke at the weekend stressed on the need to prosecute the suspect in order to ensure that justice is served.

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Akéde Ọ̀yọ́ recalls that a youth leader of Akinkunmi village in Akinyele Local Government Area popularly known as Olori Odo was on Saturday shot by gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen.

Three people including the youth leader were shot in the failed abduction at Akinkunmi village near Kara in Ibadan.

Our correspondent gathered from residents that the Fulani herdsmen attempted to kidnap two people at the village on Saturday, but one of the victims escaped and ran to Akinkunmi village to seek help.

It was gathered that Olori Odo and other youths stormed the forest in search of the kidnappers, but the kidnappers shot three people among whom were Olori Odo.

Olori Odo later died, Akéde Ọ̀yọ́ gathered.

Two other people who sustained various degrees of injuries are still receiving treatment at a health facility within the local government, Akéde Ọ̀yọ́ gathered.

Police Public Relations Officer, Adewale Osifeso confirmed the failed abduction to Akéde Ọ̀yọ́ on Sunday.

Osifeso who did not reveal the identities and the number of the suspects, insisted that investigations were ongoing to arrest those who planned the failed abduction.

But residents while speaking urged the police not to release the suspect but prosecute him accordingly.

Some of the residents who staged a peaceful protest to one of the radio stations in Ibadan at the weekend noted that releasing the suspect without due prosecution will set a bad precedent.

One of the elders in the village, Chief Akinkunmi Olagoke who spoke on behalf of the residents, confirmed that one Fulani herdsman was arrested.

“I was not around. They called me that Fulani herdsmen had shot the youth leader. We decided to bring the issue to public notice. We had informed the DPO of Moniya to give us police report.

“We took the police report to a traditional bone settler known as Ege. Ege tried and he removed the bullets, but unfortunately, Olori Odo died.

But we are aware that one of the suspects has been arrested. He is still at Moniya Police station.

Another resident who did not reveal his name warned that releasing the suspects without proper prosecution may cause crisis in the area.

“They must not release him. If they release him, there will be trouble.”

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SOURCE: DAILY POST

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