A group of Hausa traders from the Seedy Olomore Market, Abeokuta on Thursday morning violently protested the allege killing of their colleague by the Operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
According to an eye witness, The SARS operatives chased some young boys suspected to fraudsters (Yahoo Boys) towards the market and fired shots at them as they escaped through the busy market.
The incident caused chaos in the market as the angry Hausa traders resulted into violence, destroying properties, belonging to the Ogun State owned Television broadcasting station and many others.
Some other traders from the neighborhouring Lafenwa market soon joined the traders in Olomore Market, they disrupted the traffic flow in the Lafenwa-Abeokuta-Lagos expressway.
Bonfires were mounted in various strategic location, in a bid for safety, people ran in different directions, and business activities came to an early end.
Officers of the Policemen and operatives of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) were deployed to the streets to calm the violent protest for escalating.
The angry mob destroyed the windshield, door glasses and mirrors of motorist caught on the road, some of the motorist abandoned their vehicles on the road and ran away.
Audu, an Hausa leader in the market, who identified himself as the head of the first dealers, identified the Hausa trader who were shit as Abati, son of the Seriki Fulani of the Rounder Abeokuta area in Abeokuta North Local Government and the second person as Umaru, who hails from Yobe State.
Audu said “The people they shot are pepper dealers in Olomore Market. They are now in the hospital: one of them Abati is dead in the hospital. I can’t say whether the other one (Umaru) is dead or not.”
However, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, the Police Public Relations Officer of the State command, who spoke to journalists said the victims are both alive and receiving treatments at the State Hospital, Ijaiye, Abeokuta.
According to Abimbola, the officers involved in the shooting are operatives of the Anti-Cultism unit of the Ogun Police Command and the SARS operatives.
Furthermore, he claimed that some bandits in the area disrupted the arrest of some suspects by police officers who were responding to a distress call in the area.
Abimbola said: “I want to correct an impression because I have seen online that it is as a result of police chasing some called yahoo boys and that was why they fired into the market. That is not true and that is not the position of the case. They are not running after any yahoo boys.
“We are yet to ascertain what actually caused the initial fracas, but investigation is going to reveal that.
“What actually happened today was that our men at Lafenwa division received an information early in the morning by members of the public that there are some fracas at Olomore area.
“As a result of that, the DPO Lafenwa division mobilised some of his team and they went straight to the place. One of the team that followed him to the place is anti-cultist team. On getting there, they were able to calm the situation down and they arrested four suspects among those who were causing troubles in that place.
“As the police were about to move with the suspects, some hoodlums swept on them that they are not going to take those people away. In a bid to scare those people away, one of the Anti-cultism Operatives fired into the air and unfortunately a straight bullet hit two men. The men have been rushed to the hospital and they are responding to treatment.”
The police officer who allegedly fired the shot at the Olomoore market is presently in the custody of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligents Department (SCIID) Abeokuta, the Police Image maker in the state said.
He also revealed that the Ogun State commissioner of Police, Kenneth Ebrimson had ordered a full scale investigation into the shooting.
As Compiled By Jaja Otokini
And Edited By Knight Fredel
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