The Ondo State Police Command on Tuesday confirmed the arrest of a man, for allegedly shooting to disperse the guests at a party in Oba Akoko in Akoko South West Local Government Area of Ondo State.
It was gathered that, as the party was ongoing, on Saturday, the suspect whose identity had not yet been revealed, allegedly stormed the venue and started shooting sporadically to disperse the guests when he saw his girlfriend with another man.
Though no life was reportedly lost in the incident, many of the guests at the venue of the party were said to have sustained injuries as they ran for safety.
A source who identified the suspect as a security man explained that he traced his lover to the party as the girlfriend allegedly followed another man to the party.
The source said, “The suspect is a security man but we don’t know the organization he works for because he was not in uniform. He traced his girlfriend, who was with another man, to the party. I think it was out of anger that he brought out a gun and started to shoot sporadically when he saw the lady with another man. The shooting sent all the guests away, including his girlfriend and the party ended abruptly.”
Another source claimed that the suspect was an officer of the Ondo State Security Network Agency, also known as Amotekun corps, in the local government. Some said he is a serving policeman attached to the area.
But when contacted, the state Commander of the corps, Chief Adetunji Adeleye denied the claims saying the suspect was not one of his boys as he did not receive such a report.
He said, “I am not aware of the incident and I didn’t have any report of such from the Akoko area. The suspect is not one of us, you know there are many security agencies but I’m sure he is not one of my Amotekun corps.
A police source said the case has been transferred to the state police headquarters, Akure, the state capital for further investigation.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Mrs Funmilayo Odunlami, confirmed the arrest and said an investigation had commenced into the case. She however could not confirm the identity of the suspect as at the time of filing this report. She also denied the report that the suspect is a serving policeman.
@ Punch Newspaper