BY LEKE ADEGBITE
The Ondo State Police Command has denied a report alleging that his officers were responsible for the death of three men at Kajola, in Odigbo Local government insisting that the deceased died in an accident.
In a Press Statement, the State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Odunlami Funmilayo, said on Saturday, 23rd of April, 2022, at about 11:00PM, there was a Fatal Motor/ Motorcycle accident at Kajola Area along Ijebu Ode/Ore Expressway, between a motorcyclist carrying two passengers and a hit and run vehicle, after which the motorcyclist took one way causing his death and the two passengers.
The situation however led to a Pandemonium in Kajola Community in Odigbo Local Government Area of Ondo State at the weekend as youths in their hundreds mobilized to burn a police station in the area alleging the police of recklessness thus leading to the death of three persons including a community chief (Baale).
The angry mob thronged the Police Divisional Headquarters in Kajola for allegedly killing their indigenes at the police checkpoints in the area, along Lagos/Benin Expressway on Saturday evening.
They dumped the three corpses at the Police Divisional Headquarters, Kajola, chanting series of protest songs to register their grievances, declaring that they did not want police in the community again.
The victims, David Olowofeyekun, Gbenga Abayomi and Kola Akinduro, who was the Head of Korede Village, were on a motorcycle and heading home from their farms.
However in the Press Statement, the Police spokesperson said, “the attention of the Ondo State Police Command has been drawn to various publications alleging that Policemen attached to Kajola Division killed three (3) people.
“This rejoinder is to set the record straight in order to clear the misinformation this story may paint in the heart of citizens as the allegation is not only false but misleading.
“The fact of the issue was that on Saturday, 23rd of April, 2022, at about 11:00PM, there was a Fatal Motor/ Motorcycle accident at Kajola Area along Ijebu Ode/Ore Express way, between a motorcyclist carrying two (2) pillions and a hit and run vehicle, the motorcyclist took a one way and had a head on collision with a hit and run vehicle which led to the death of the three (3) men on the motorcycle.
“It was however, surprising that the youths of the community mobilized and carried the bodies of the deceased to the Station accusing the Police of complicity in the Accident.
“The Commissioner of Police, CP Oyeyemi Adesoye Oyediran, psc, fsi, had visited the scene and also condoled with the Family and people of the community while he has ordered that thorough investigation be carried out to find out if there is any complicity on the part of the Police in the accident,” the PPRO said.