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About a year after a drunken Police officer, Tunji Ademuyegun, killed a man, Abiola Adeyanju in the Alagada area of Ogun state, the public relations officer of the state command, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, has said that the officer was still at large.
Oyeyemi said this while speaking before the judicial panel of investigation in Ogun state on Wednesday, November 18, 2020.
Abiola was reportedly killed on the 19th, December 2019 by a drunk officer who was shooting aimlessly at a party in the Alagada area of the state.
Relatives of the deceased submitted a petition to the panel, which was set up by the state government to receive and investigate complaints of victims on police brutality, human rights violations and extra judicial killings by security operatives within the state.
An eye witness, Olusegun Onifade while testifying before the panel said that the two mobile police officers at the party were attached to the Oba prison.
“When we were about leaving the party, we heard another gunshot and the bullet hit Abiola and he fell. The officer who fired the shot started running. Some of the guys at the party started chasing him and he ran into Oba Prison,” Onifade narrated.
He said “when the landlords in the area got to the prison, they were told that the officer had been detained in custody, but when they got there the next day, they told them that the officer had escaped.
Meanwhile, the PPRO said the officer was still at large but investigation was ongoing.
“I was informed about the incident the next day. I called the control room to notify the nearest police station. I was told that the Divisional Police Officer was aware and they were already on their way to the scene.
“The officer involved was a mobile policeman on guard duty at the Oba prison. I learnt he escaped.
“The two officers on duty were tried. The other officer that ran away was tried in absentia and was dismissed.”
The panel adjourned the case till December 10, 2020, and asked that the Investigating Police Officer appear on the adjourned date.