The Corps Commander Ondo State Security Network (Amotekun)Adetunji Adeleye, has given details on how a student at Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo (RUGIPO), was shot dead by one of his officers.
Adeleye, a retired brigadier general, said the incident occurred while his men were trying to arrest some thugs. The victim was one of them, he said.
He said the thugs tried to disarm the officers when one of their men’s guns went off, injuring the victim.
The incident occurred on June 27, but the student later died of his injuries on Thursday, July 7.
Students at the polytechnic broke out in a wild protest on Friday to demand compensation from the security agency.
The victim, Folarera Ademola, was a ND1 student in the Science Laboratory Technology department.
The protesting students gave the state government a 24-hour ultimatum to hand over the officer to the Nigerian police for trial, undertake the burial of the deceased and compensate the family.
Speaking on behalf of the students, the president of the Students’ Union, Olorunda Oluwafemi, confirmed that the boy was shot on June 27 by an Amotekun officer in front of his parents’ house.
Oluwafemi added that the deceased suffered from gunshot wounds for 10 days before he was taken to the Federal Medical Center, Owo, where he died on Thursday.
He said the protesting students would march from the school gate through the Olowo Palace before taking the protest to the Amotekun office to voice their grievances further.
Meanwhile, Mr. Adeleye said the news of the student’s death was sadly received by the body.
Adeleye, in a statement made available to journalists on Friday, said the commando would carry out a thorough investigation to reveal the true cause of her death.