DPO reportedly shoots Amotekun operative for arresting Fulani herdsmen in Oyo
The Divisional Police Officer at Igbon Police Station in the Surulere Local Government Area of Oyo State,
Ayodeji Adepoju, allegedly shot and injured a member of the Oyo State Security Network Agency known
as Amotekun on Friday.
The incident occurred after an aggrieved farmer filed a complaint with Amotekun operatives over the destruction
of crops by cows brought to his farm in Gambari by Fulani herdsmen.
However after some herdsmen reported the arrest to the DPO, he ordered the arrest of two operatives of the
Amotekun Corps identified as Jenyo and Olatunji Mayowa for arresting the herdsmen while insisting
that Amotekun was not set up to arrest herdsmen but to go after armed robbers.
The Unit Commander of Amotekun in the area, Araoye Amoo, was said to have gone to the
police station with his men to secure the release of the two officials.
He was discussing with the station guard when the DPO stormed out of his office and reportedly collected
a gun from a policeman and shot one of the Amotekun men in the leg.
The DPO repeatedly claimed that he overheard the Amotekun corps say they were coming to the station
to kill him. The unit commander said one of the Amotekun corps who escaped from the scene was pursued
Araoye said the police checked and discovered that the gun which was forcefully collected from the
Amotekun was not even loaded.
The unit commander, in a video, said all the guns which his men carried to the station were not loaded because
they did not go there to fight but to secure the release of those arrested.