Tension as police injure driver, shoot dead rig operator in Osogbo
There was pandemonium in the Ota Efun area of Osogbo, Osun State on Friday following the alleged killing of a rig operator, Kabir Bapai, by a policeman.
The trigger-happy policeman was also accused of shooting and injuring on the hand, a driver, Harisu Musa, a development which led to violent reaction from the residents of the area.
According to an eyewitness, the deceased and the injured driver, working with a construction company, Shekeenah Zelter Global Concept, Osogbo, were said to
be on their way to a site in
Igbajo, when their truck developed a fault.
An eyewitness, who preferred anonymity, while speaking to our correspondent on the incident, said the two men were repairing their faulty truck, when three policemen travelling in a commercial mini bus, said to be chasing a suspect, arrived at the scene and demanded explanation from the men why their truck was at that point of the road.
“The policemen were talking to the driver, when one of them suddenly started slapping the man and shot him on the hand. The gunshot and the noise drew the attention of Bapai, the operator, who was busy fixing the faulty truck.
“He immediately left what he was doing and rushed to the scene. The same policeman fired another shot which hit Bapai in the chest. He died on the spot,” the eyewitness added.
The incident immediately sparked a violent protest as many residents descended on one of the three policemen, while his colleagues fled.
It was also gathered that the protesters later took the policeman, alongside the corpse of the deceased to Ota Efun Police Division.
The corpse was later deposited at the morgue of the Osun State University Teaching Hospital, Osogbo.
Speaking with the Saturday PUNCH, Agwu Uma, Manager in charge of Borehole at Shekeenah Zelter Global Concept, said the deceased hailed from Bauchi State and joined the company in February this year.
He insisted that the truck the deceased and the driver were working on when the police operatives attacked them was not obstructing traffic and demanded that the policemen involved must be punished.
When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer of Osun Command, Yemisi Opalola, said investigation into the incident had commenced and promised that justice would be done.