Akolade Gbadebo, a 400-level student of University of Ibadan, UI, was killed by Amotekun corps in Oyo town last Thursday on the grounds that he was an armed robber and shot dead in a fire exchange with his gang.
His bereaved father, Mr. Ganiyu Gbadebo, has denied any suggestion the deceased was a member of a criminal gang seeking for his killer(s) to be brought to book.
He said the armed robbery slur was only a ploy to smear his son’s reputation in order to justify the extrajudicial killing in an interview with Punchng.com saying, “They killed him and turned round to say he was an armed robber. They are saying that to cover their atrocity but people who heard their claims have been raining curses on them. My son did not steal anything; he was not a thief, he was not an armed robber or a cult member.”
The Senior Gbadebo also raised the alarm, alleging the security organization of constantly threatening his family. The extract:
The Sunday proceeding the Thursday that Kola was killed, Amotekun went to the Kobomoje area in Ibadan and attacked my son, Abdubaki. He is a shoemaker. It was on a Sunday morning and he went inside the house. That was how Amotekun came and hacked him and beat him silly. People rushed out when they started hearing his scream for help but they were in uniform and that was what saved them. They bundled him inside a vehicle and took him to a police station in Idi Aro. The police extorted money from those that went there to seek his bail. It was one man in that house who saw everything that eventually went there and secured his bail. The man is the father of my son’s friend and is a member of the Agbekoya. They injured that my son and he was eventually released after the police had taken a bribe to free him because he did not do anything. I did not hear about this until he told me after his brother, Akolade, was killed by Amotekun. What is my offence against them? Did they establish Amotekun to be hunting my children’s lives?
They are after Habeeb now. One of them was said to be pointing to Habeeb and saying he was the one giving them problem and trying to expose them concerning the killing of his brother. They want to kill him also. I am appealing to Governor Seyi Makinde to save me from Amotekun.