The Police Command in Osun on Wednesday has confirmed the killing of a 10-year-old girl at Ilerin, along Ilesa-Iperindo Road.
The suspected killers were said to have shot at the victim who was on a motorcycle.
The development was confirmed by the spokesperson of the Osun State Police Command, SP Yemisi Opalola. In a statement, the Police PRO disclosed that the suspected hoodlums shot at the girl, her mother and another child while on a motorcycle.
“As a result of the shooting, the three of them on the motorcycle sustained injuries. But the little girl died on the way to the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital (OAUTECH), Wesley Guild Hospital, Ilesa.”
Further, she said the girl’s body had been deposited at the mortuary; adding that the injured mother and the other child were admitted at the same hospital. Also, Opalola said that police had intensified efforts to arrest the suspected criminals, who perpetrated the crime.
In a related development, a shooting incident was reported at Irojo area of Ilesa on Wednesday. The incident reportedly claimed the life of one Olorunwa; a sawmill worker, who was hit by stray bullets from some suspected cult members.
Meanwhile, the Police Command in Imo State has given criminals in possession of rifles belonging to the police in the state to return them on or before June 12 or face the law.
The warning came from the Commissioner of Police in Imo, Mr Abutu Yaro, on Wednesday.
Yaro gave the warning while interacting with newsmen in Owerri. He warned that anyone caught with the weapons would face the full weight of the law. Further, the Commissioner noted that many police rifles were stolen during the October 2020 #EndSARS protest; as a number of formations were attacked.
He attributed recent shootings and killings in the state to illegal possession of rifles; adding that hoodlums, in possession of rifles, had been attacking police formations.
Consequently, he called on parents and all peace-loving citizens to report anyone in possession of a rifle.
“Many … stations were recently burnt and rifles moved away are being used to carry out shootings and killings in the state. I hereby call on parents and well-meaning people of the state to report any child in their domain who is found in possession of police rifles.”