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Oyo police deny involvement in Ibadan mall killing

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Ojo Peter, Ibadan 

The Oyo State Police Command has debunked rumours of its involvement in a shooting that took place at the Shoprite, Ibadan, which resulted in the death of one Husma Akinola.

Reacting to the development, the State Police Public Relation Officer (PPRO), Deputy Superintendent of Police, DSP Adewale Osifeso, said, “The attention of Oyo State Police Command has been drawn to a series of fake and misleading news making the rounds particularly on social media spaces, suggesting the murder of one Husma Akinola Babatunde ‘m’ aged 21yrs, an ND2 student of Banking and Finance in the Polytechnic, Ibadan, who was allegedly shot while trying to evade arrest.

A copy of the statement made available to Orient Daily stated that: “A distress call received at about 2100hrs on Sunday, 25th of July, 2021 from Palms Mall, Ring Road Ibadan that some suspected cultists/hoodlums invaded the building premises in pursuit of their target who was shot and later confirmed dead at the hospital.

“In a swift response, several Police patrol teams were immediately drafted to the scene but the perpetrators had escaped before arrival.

“Preliminary investigation reveals through CCTV footages, crime scene analysis, residents and customers scampering for safety at the time, that the shootings were carried out by hoodlums and not the police in what seemed reprisal for a cult-related fracas.

“While comprehensive investigations are ongoing, Oyo State Police Command wishes to refute these unfounded tales aimed at promoting panic, apprehension, and instigating violence against the olice.

“Finally, the Command wishes to assure the good people of Oyo State that the security architecture of the State remains resolute and fortified daily with intelligence-driven upgrades.

“While enjoining members of the public to desist from spreading fake and unverified news, the Commissioner of Police assures the citizenry that the perpetrators of the dastardly act would soon be tracked and made to face justice.”

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