By Kunle Adedoyin
The Ogun State Police Command has accused soldiers from the 81 division of being involved in the killing of some residents of Isheri Olofin, a boundary community between Lagos and Ogun States.
Disagreement broke out among some residents, on Monday during the celebration of the Isheri Day Festival on Monday. In the ensuing fracas, some soldiers were reported to have shot dead three people at the party.
DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, the State Police Command Spokesperson, said statements from eyewitnesses revealed that the soldiers dragged a resident from the hospital where he was being treated and stabbed him to death with a bayonet.
“The Commissioner of Police, Bashir Makama, has ordered a full-scale investigation into the “Isheri Day” shooting incident in Ogun State on August 13, 2019, by suspected soldiers believed to be from Ikeja Cantonment, with a view to bringing the suspects to justice.
“Credible Information at the disposal of the command has it that on the said date, four men of the Nigerian Army believed to be from Ikeja Cantonment and posted to Kara Market, left their beats and went to Isheri Olofin, a border town between Lagos and Ogun State where the indigenes of the town were celebrating their annual “Isheri Day”.
“The soldiers, on getting there, had a minor disagreement with some youths which made the soldiers start shooting sporadically into the air.
“Consequently, one Damilare Adelani was hit by bullets and he died on the spot. The ugly incident infuriated the people at the scene who in turn reacted violently against the soldiers leaving one of the soldiers and three other civilians injured.
“The soldiers quickly took their injured colleague to a hospital where they met one of the injured civilians being attended to by a medical doctor on duty.
“The statement from the officials of the hospital reveals that the soldiers ordered the doctor at gunpoint to leave the injured man and attend to their colleague.
“They then dragged the patient out of the (hospital) bed and subsequently stabbed him to death with a Bayonet attached to the muzzle of his rifle.”
Oyeyemi said the command had contacted the military authorities in Ogun State and efforts were on to bring the suspected killer(s) to book.
However, the Army has denied military involvement in the killing.
Major Clement Abiade, Assistant Director, Army Public Relations, in a statement said instead a soldier was injured. I