ShopRite Shooting: Oyo Police Debunks Involvement, Reveals Investigations

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By Henry Odeh

ShopRite Shooting: Oyo Police Debunks Involvement, Reveals Investigations

The Oyo Police Command has debunked involvement in the shooting at ShopRite, Palms Mall in Ibadan some days ago leading to the death of 21 year old Babatunde who was until his death an ND II Banking and Finance student of the Polytechnic, Ibadan. Sunrisebulletin.com reports.

The Oyo State Police Public Relation Officer (PPRO), DSP Adewale Osifeso, who revealed details of police preliminary investigations in a press statement he signed on behaf of the Commissioner of Police, CP Ngozi Onadeko on Tuesday July 28 and made available to Sunrisebulletin.com confirmed that Police was not responsible for the shooting as widely reported in some section of the new media.

Recall that News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) had earlier reported that some cultists have reportedly killed one person while many others were wounded when they attacked Palms Mall along Ring Road in Ibadan on Sunday 25th July.

According to the NAN report, an eyewitness who spoke on Monday on condition of anonymity said that the deceased was shot dead by hoodlums at the entrance gate of the Mall adding that people at the Mall started running helter-skelter when the miscreants struck leading to the injury of unspecified number of persons.

The witness according to NAN report explained that an attempt by the hoodlums to use the opportunity to break the glass door of the Mall to loot was unsuccessful adding that quick arrival of security operatives further prevented the hoodlums from gaining access to the Mall.

However, reports in some section of the new media alleged the police of being responsible for the shooting leading to the death of the deceased student.

“I suspect those boys were members of a rival cult group trying to prove superiority here at the Mall.

‘The incident started at a club inside Shoprite around 8:30pm and those hoodlums later pushed themselves to the entrance gate where one person was killed.” The witness said.

The Oyo Police Command, after it’s preliminary investigations after analysing the CCTV footage at the Mall as well as crime scene analysis has also affirmed that the shooting seemed like a reprisal by rival cult groups saying that police was not responsible for the death of late Babatunde.

“The attention of Oyo State Police Command has been drawn to series of fake and misleading news making the rounds particularly on social media spaces, suggesting the murder of one Husma Akinola Babatunde ‘m’ aged 21yrs an ND2 student of Banking and Finance, The Polytechnic Ibadan who was allegedly shot while trying to evade arrest.

“To set the record straight, on the strength of a distress call received at about 2100hrs on Sunday, 25th of July, 2021 from Palms Mall, Ring Road Ibadan that some suspected cultists/hoodlums invaded the building premises in pursuit of their target who was shot and later confirmed dead at the hospital. In swift response, several Police patrol teams were immediately drafted to the scene but the perpetrators had escaped before arrival.

“Preliminary investigation reveals through; CCTV footages, crime scene analysis, residents and customers scampering for safety at the time, that the shootings were carried out by hoodlums and not the Police in what seemed reprisal for a cult related fracas.

“While comprehensive investigations is ongoing, the Command wishes to refute these unfounded tales, aimed at promoting panic, apprehension, and instigating violence against the Police.

“Finally, the Command wishes to assure the good people of Oyo State that the security architecture of the State remains resolute and fortified daily with intelligence driven upgrades.

“While enjoining members of the public to desist from spreading fake and unverified news, the Commissioner of Police assures the citizenry that the perpetrators of the dastardly act would soon be tracked and made to face justice,” the Police statement said.

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