The Oyo State Security Network Agency known as Amotekun, on Monday, January 4, revealed that its officer, Ibrahim Ogundele, did not intentionally shoot a police constable, Fatai Yekini.
This was contained in a statement issued by the Commandant of the Amotekun corps in Oyo State, Col. Olayinka Olayanju (retd), in Ibadan.
Olayanju said Amotekun corps were invited by the police; to join them in dismantling a carnival stage which the police had warned against.
However, the Amotekun officer’s gun accidentally discharged itself; and the bullet hit the policeman in the thigh.
He said, “Amotekun operatives were invited by the police to join hands with them to dismantle a carnival stage. The carnival was held against the earlier warnings to the organisers by the police.
“The carnival stage was dismantled unchallenged, but after this, the gun with Ogundele Ibrahim discharged accidentally; and hit the community police officer in the thigh. The cause of this ( accidental discharge) has not been known.
“Yekini Fatai was rushed to the General Hospital in Oyo town where he was treated and he has been discharged.
“I want to state categorically here that there was no feud of any kind between Ogundele Ibrahim and Yekini Fatai to warrant shooting him.”
He also confirmed that the Amotekun officer had been handed over to the police for proper investigation into the incident.
Olayanju said Amotekun had come under unfair criticisms despite the contributions of the agency to make the state safe.
Meanwhile, Ibrahim Shekarau, senator representing Kano central, has stated that there is no zoning agreement in the constitution of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
1st News had reported that ahead of the 2023 presidential election; some chieftains of the ruling party have said there is an agreement for power shift from the north to south.
However, during an interactive session with journalists in Kano on Sunday, January 3, Shekarau said the zoning of the presidential slot is that of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), not APC.
“I want to tell you that there is no place in the APC constitution that the issue of zoning is mentioned. I think it is only considered by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP),” he said.
He said despite the absence of a written agreement on zoning; some persons are still clamouring for it.