Published January 15, 2021
Olufemi Olaniyi , Ibadan
The Oyo State Security Network Agency , Amotekun , has revealed the identity of its member , Kazeem Afolabi , who allegedly fired the shot that killed a commercial motorcyclist , Tosin Thomas in Ibadan on Wednesday .
The Commandant of Amotekun , Col . Olayinka Olayanju ( retd. ) , in a statement on Thursday by the media officer of the agency , Mrs Ayolola Adedoja , said Afolabi acted outside the guideline of the security outfit and had been dismissed and handed over to the police for prosecution .
The commandant said the agency regretted the loss of Thomas ’ s life , saying the leadership was already on touch with the family.
Explaining how the incident happened , then commandant said the team leader around Mokola received a call that there was an armed robbery at Mokola and seven members of the agency proceeded to the place .
He stated that on getting there , the leader of the Amotekun observed that although crowd had gathered , there was no threat to anybody ’s life there and he went to the manager of the filling station there .
“ On arrival at the scene of the alleged crime , it turned out that it was not an armed robbery operation , though a crowd had gathered.
“ The team leader, sensing no immediate danger to anyone at the scene immediately proceeded to speak with the station manager. While he was with the manager, he heard a gunshot .
“ As it turned out , one of his team members , by the name Afolabi Kazeem , who felt sufficiently threatened by the crowd, which included some hoodlums armed with cutlasses and other weapons , opened fire to supposedly scare away the crowd . Unfortunately , his shot hit one Mr Tosin Thomas , 23 , who was subsequently confirmed dead .
“ The corps has found that Afolabi Kazeem with ammunition number AM 031849 acted outside the Amotekun Corps ’ protocols .
“ For this reason, he has been summarily dismissed from the corps and handed over to the police for prosecution . Also, his team leader , George Idowu , is being thoroughly investigated and will face all necessary sanctions .”