The Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC), Oyo State Chapter has tasked the Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba and the Commissioner of Police in the state, Ngozi Onadeko to apprehend those behind the death of one of their members.
Recall that a member of OPC in Ibadan, identified as Morufu Ganiyu popularly known as Murphy died last Saturday as a result of gunshots sustained during an encounter with a policeman attached to Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (F-SARS), known as Obasanjo Atoyebi.
It was gathered that the policeman allegedly shot the OPC member twice in the process. The deceased later died on Saturday as a result of the gunshots he sustained.
However, in a statement issued by the OPC on Friday, the Group charged the Police IG and the State Commissioner to bring the perpetrator of the dastardly act to book.
Olumo who spoke on Friday, explained that the arrest and prosecution of the policeman would serve as a deterrent to other erring officers.
According to him, “The incident occurred on Thursday, 17th February this year. We learnt that one of our members named Morufu Ganiyu who is providing private security for the car dealers at Imalefalafia up till Iyana Ososami area, was shot twice by a policeman known as Obasanjo Atoyebi.
“Obasanjo Atoyebi has one wife there and he usually come in the midnight. The people of the areas have complained bitterly about his unnecessary shootings in the midnight whenever he arrived.
“On that fateful day, Obasanjo Atoyebi fire gunshots when he arrived the area in the midnight. He has a pistol that he usually put in his pocket. Morufu Ganiyu challenged him on why he arrived at that time and why the unnecessary shootings.
“Obasanjo Atoyebi then shot him twice. He first shot him in the chest and when he discovered that he did not die, he later shot him in the stomach.
“Those who were around rushed him to an hospital where they can remove the bullets. They removed the one at the chest but, the man died because they cannot remove the one in the stomach.
“What we are saying is that once a soldier is a soldier forever. He is a Yoruba man. Morufu Ganiyu was one of our coordinators.
“Is it alright for a policeman to be killing members of the public. Whether a dismissed policeman or serving policeman.
“We are using this medium to inform the federal and state governments that Obasanjo Atoyebi should not go unpunished. Morufu Ganiyu should not die in vain. If the activity of person like Ayoyebi is not challenged many of them will do such thing.
“We are using this medium to tell the Police IG and the commissioner of police in Oyo state to fish out Atoyebi for him to pay for the offense he committed”.