By Gbenga Olarinoye
OSOGBOâ€”An anti-riot police squad weekend scuttled the joy of a newly married couple and their entire family when one of the policemen shot and killed the father of the bride, a septuagenarian simply identified as Jacob Odedeji over N20.
The incident led to pandemonium as family members and passers-by attempted to attack the policeman before he was rescued from the mob by his colleagues while Odedeji was rushed to the hospital to save his life.
Odedeji and members of his family were returning to Lagos from Oyan, the venue of the wedding of his daughter when the incident happened at a road block in front of Osogbo Steel Rolling Company by the policemen. Odedeji was hit by the gun shot fired by policemen and he later died.
An eyewitnessâ€™s accounts said the policemen were said to have been angry by the attitude of the driver of Odedeji and pursued the car to Otan-Efun area before opening fire at the occupants of the vehicle.
A section of the eyewitnessesâ€™ accounts said the driver of the deceased refused to stop when he was stopped by the police for routine check. Another version of the accounts said Odedejiâ€™s driver refused to part with N20 demanded from him by the policemen.
It was gathered that Odedeji died instantly while another occupant of the vehicle sustained injuries and is currently receiving treatment at Osun State Hospital, Asubiaro.
The entire area was thrown into confusion as commuters and motorists scampered for safety. Apparently sensing danger, the policemen at the checkpoint immediately took to their heels.
When contacted, the Police Public Relation Officer (PPRO) Clement Akinola (ASP) confirmed the incident. He said Odedejiâ€™s car actually hit one of the policemen posted to the area for stop and search.
He said it was as a result of this that gunshot was fire at one of his types which eventually hit Odedeji. Akinola said further that the culprit was beaten up by the mob to pulp and that he is yet to regain his consciousness as at the time of filling this report.