The Ogun State Police Command, on Saturday, denied claims that its team members shot an innocent person on the Papalanto/Ilaro road on Thursday.
DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, the Command’s spokesperson, refuted the rumour in a Press release.
Oyeyemi said, “Consequently, the Command wishes to set the record straight.
“Following a reported case of kidnapping involving a young man who was abducted in his father’s farm at Ishaga area of the state on Wednesday, the Command’s tactical teams were, as usual, deployed in and around the area for rescue operation, which usually involves risky and laborious bush combing and stop-and-search on the highways.”
He explained in the statement that one of the security personnel carrying out a stop-and-search at about 10:30am along that road stopped a Honda Accord car but the driver refused to obey.
“Rather, the occupants fired a gunshot at the policemen, for which the police fired back,” he said.
The statement further explained that the driver of the car, now wounded, was arrested, but he died on the way to the hospital, while other occupants in the car ran to hide in a nearby bush.
“The car was searched by the Police team in the presence of members of the public who were at the scene, including the Baale of the area.
“A locally-made pistol with two cartridges were recovered from the car, while the number plate of the car was hurriedly removed by the escaping occupants,” he said.
The PRO explained that the Command’s tactical teams had been doing their jobs professionally and had recorded nothing but positive remarks.
Oyeyemi said no report of misconduct on the part of the Command has ever been received.
“It is, therefore, sheer mischief on the part of those who took to social media to accuse the teams of killing an innocent person,” he said.
He also disclosed that a search has been launched on the occupants of the car who escaped, while the Ogun State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department has started full investigation into the case.