Amotekun officer dismissed for killing Okada rider, to face prosecution

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An operative of the Oyo State Security Network Agency, under the code name, Amotekun, Kazeem Afolabi, who killed a commercial motorcyclist, Tosin Thomas in Ibadan on Wednesday in a gunshot has been dismissed from service.

Afolabi’s dismissal was made known by Amotekun Commandant in the state, Col. Olayinka Olayanju (retd.) via a statement the agency media officer, Mrs Ayolola Adedoja released on Thursday.

In it, Olayanju gave a low-down of how Thomas met his death at the hands of the trigger-happy officer at Mokola area in the state capital following an armed robbery scare, which the members of the security outfit responded to.

The commandant, who said Afolabi would equally face prosecution narrated, “On arrival at the scene of the alleged crime, it turned out that it was not an armed robbery operation, though a crowd had gathered.

“The team leader, sensing no immediate danger to anyone at the scene immediately proceeded to speak with the station manager. While he was with the manager, he heard a gunshot.

“As it turned out, one of his team members, by the name Afolabi Kazeem, who felt sufficiently threatened by the crowd, which included some hoodlums armed with cutlasses and other weapons, opened fire to supposedly scare away the crowd. Unfortunately, his shot hit one Mr Tosin Thomas, 23, who was subsequently confirmed dead.

“The corps has found that Afolabi Kazeem with ammunition number AM031849 acted outside the Amotekun Corps’ protocols.

“For this reason, he has been summarily dismissed from the corps and handed over to the police for prosecution. Also, his team leader, George Idowu, is being thoroughly investigated and will face all necessary sanctions.”

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