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Police who shot Okada rider in Ibadan is kept in custody

By Chris Odogwu
Publish on July 16, 2019

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Abuse of power! Another case of the police shooting an innocent citizen has occurred. This time, the victim was an Okada rider in Ibadan and the police is reported to be in custody. Check details below!

An Okada rider, Sule Ikuforiji, was shot by a Police Sergeant on Saturday, July 13, 2019, in Ibadan – Oyo State Capital.

Confirming the incident, the state Commissioner of Police, Shina Olukolu, made an appeal to residents aggrieved by the action of the sergeant to stay calm and give peace a chance. The Commissioner stated that the shooting by the sergeant, Sunday Ogunkanmi, was regrettable, likewise the consequences resulting from the shooting.

According to a statement signed by the Commissioner of Police, which was released to Journalists in Ibadan on Sunday, July 14, 2019, Ogunkanmi is in Police custody for his actions, which caused chaos in the state capital as aggrieved persons reacted. The Commissioner further revealed that the case had been forwarded to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) for further investigations.

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Okada-riders

Okada is a popular vehicle for transportation in most parts on Nigeria

Part of the official statement read:

“The Commissioner of Police seriously regrets the unfortunate incident that culminated in avoidable destructive disturbing of public peace in Ibadan.”

Olukolu urged residents to desist from taking laws into their hands, and allow the authorities take charge when issues like this occur. Speaking further, he said that the victim was alive and recuperating at the University College Hospital (UCH). He emphasized that the victim was not in the intensive care unit as he was responding well to treatment. Bills for his treatment were being handled by the Police.

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Chris Odogwu is a freelance Content Writer and Journalist. He holds a bachelor's degree in Mass Communication from University of Jos and a master's degree in Mass Communication (Public Relations and Advertising major) from University of Lagos. His works have been published in top local and international publications including Forbes, HuffPost, ThriveGlobal, TheNextScoop and Nigeria360 among others. A member of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR), the thrill he gets from writing about exotic cars feels almost the same as riding in them.