Ogun Boils As SARS Fire Into Market, Injure Three - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Thursday, February 20, 2020

Ogun Boils As SARS Fire Into Market, Injure Three

Ayobami Ife, Abeokuta

The bustling Olomore market in Abeokuta, Ogun State, boils over on Thursday morning following the acclaimed grave injuries inflicted on three Hausa traders when Operatives of the Special Anti - Robbery Squad(SARS), allegedly, opened fire on fleeing suspects who ran into the market for cover and later escaped.

The angry traders, in their hundreds, poured into the ever busy Lagos - Abeokuta expressway in anger, smashing things and set bonfires on the road, leaving a huge traffic chaos. Business activities were also disrupted.

The traders alleged that the SARS Operatives officials chased some Yahoo Yahoo (con artists) practictioners into the direction of the market and fired at them as they escaped but the bullets struck three of the traders.

The Injured Hausas had been rushed to the hospital, The Daily Crucible gathered, while the traders - Hausas and Yoruba's, blocked the Lagos - Abeokuta expressway with bonfires. They were joined by their colleagues from nearby Lafenwa market. 

The Caretaker Chairman of the Abẹokuta North Local Government, Prince Tunde Tella, was sighted at the scene labouring to paccify the angry Hausa traders but the protest took a frightening dimension later as more Hausa people from adjoining communities joined the protests.

Reacting, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, Abimbola Oyeyemi said the victims are not dead but receiving treatments at the State Hospital in Ijaiye, Abeokuta.

Abimbola, a Deputy Superintendent of Police(DSP) said the police officers involved in the shooting were operatives of the Anti-Cultism and not SARS,  explaining that some hoodlums had attacked the Police officers who were responding to distress call in the area and prevented them from going away with some of the suspects.

He said: "I want to correct an impression because I have been online that it is as a result of police chasing some called yahoo boys and that was why they fired into the market.  That is not true and that is not the position  of the case. They are not running after any yahoo boys. 

"We are yet to ascertain what actually caused the initial fracas, but investigation is going to reveal that.

"What actually happened today was that our men at Lafenwa division received an information early in the morning by members of the public that there are some fracas at Olomore area. 

"As a result of that, the DPO Lafenwa division mobilise some of his team and they went straight to the place. One of the team that followed him to the place is anti-cultist team. On getting there, they were able to calm the situation down and they arrested four suspects among those who were causing troubles in that place.

"As the police were about to move with the suspects, some hoodlums swept on them that they are not going to take those people away.  In a bid to scare those people away, one of the anti-cultist men fired into the air and unfortunately a straight bullet hit two men.  The men have been rushed to the hospital and they are responding to treatment."

According to the Police Image Maker in the state,  the police officer, who allegedly fired the shot at the Olomoore market has been arrested and currently undergoing interrogation at the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligents Department (SCIID).

He noted that the state Commissioner of Police, Kenneth Ebrimson, has ordered a full scale investigation into the incident.  

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