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Police Brutality: How a Trigger-happy Policeman Shot a Kwara Poly Student (Photo)

Bukola (Photo: Success Nwogu)

A student of the Kwara State Polythecnic student identified as Bukola Olugbon, has been brutally shot by a trigger-happy officer of the Nigerian Police, Abubakar Ahmed on the premises of a bank and has been admitted to Adedayo Clinic and Maternity on Ibrahim Taiwo Road, Ilorin.

According to a report by Punch Metro, The family of Alhaji Atiku Olugbon of Ote, in the Asa LGA of Kwara State, has called on the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, and the  State Commissioner of Police, Olusola Amore, to investigate the shooting of  their son.

Speaking to a correspondent, Ibrahim Olugbon, a relative of the victim who is a second year Civil Engineering Higher National Diploma student of the Kwara State Polytechnic, said; “The police must investigate and punish the culprit to serve as a deterrent to others.”

He revealed further that the victim had gone with his father, Atiku, to a branch of First Bank Plc in Surulere, Ilorin, adding that his father wanted to withdraw money  for his school fees and had joined the queue in the banking hall.

He said he was also waiting for his father in the banking hall when a security man attached to the bank challenged him.

Bukola explained to the security man that he was waiting for his father who was in the queue, and the security man told him to leave the banking hall, but he explained again that he was waiting for his father who wanted to give him money, adding that the security man subsequently invited another man, who later turned out to be Ahmed.

Bukola said, “The policeman did not show me any identity and was not in uniform. He asked me what happened between the security man and me and I explained to him. As I made to leave  him, the policeman dragged me back and slapped me. He drew me out from the banking hall and shot at my leg. I don’t know when and how I got to the police station at the B Division Surulere.

“They asked me at the police station who shot me and I told them that Ahmed shot me. I was bleeding profusely. I don’t know how I got to the hospital.

“I am feeling pains. This can affect my education and my future. I need N6m compensation from the police and I need proper care. I want the policeman who shot me to face the consequence of his action.”

The father said he was surprised at the action of the police officer, adding that although the policeman had been paying the hospital bills, he should be cautioned to avoid endangering the lives of other innocent people.

A report signed by Dr Adebayo Omotosho of Adedayo Clinic and Maternity, stated that Bukola had a gunshot injury.

The Kwara State Police Public Relations Officer, Ajayi Okasanmi, said there was no record of the case at the police station, adding that the  command had commenced investigation into the allegation.

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