Tragic: Man Shot Dead by Police Corporal Weeks to HisWedding

In a rather tragic
development, a 35-year-old
man, Mr Olusola
Adegbegha, was on
Tuesday, killed when he was
hit by a bullet fired by a
policeman attached to the
Mokola Division in Oyo
According to Adegbegha’s brother, the deceased left
Oluyole Estate area where he was temporarily staying with
his younger sister around 5.00 a.m. only for the family to
later find out that he was dead. The brother, Sunkanmi
Owoeye, said the family was informed by the police that
Adegbegha was stopped at Recreation Club area for a search,
but proved difficult, which made a corporal to take him to
the station.
Owoeye said the police claimed that on getting to the
station, Adegbegha reversed and zoomed off after the
corporal got down from his car to open the gate of the police
station, which reportedly made the corporal shoot at the car.
The bullet was said to have penetrated the rear trafficator
of his Mazda 626 car and gone through the back seat into
the driver’s seat, before hitting the deceased on the back
and thigh.
Owoeye also said the security guard of Group Medical
Hospital, situated beside the police station, also informed
the family that the deceased came to knock on the hospital
gate, telling him that he had been shot by the police. Though,
Owoeye said the gate was eventually opened for his brother,
he blamed the doctor for insisting on seeing a policeman from
the Mokola police division before he could commence
treatment, a situation he believed contributed to the
eventual death of his brother.
Owoeye said he was told that the police still met his brother
conscious and he was able to point to the policemen who shot
at him before he died. He did not believe the claim by the
Police that his brother was shot while he was escaping, saying
that the bullet penetrated the car from the rear and anyone
familiar with the police station would know that it was not
easy to make a turn at its gate as it is very narrow. He said it
was the belief of the family that there was more to the story
than meets the eye and the family would want justice to
prevail over the killing of his brother.
He revealed that the deceased had fixed his wedding for
March, while his fiancee, who is based in Canada was being
expected home before the end of January for their
introduction ceremony. Meanwhile, reacting to the story, the
state deputy Commissioner of Police, Mr Clement Adoda,
said what really happened was that a stop-and-search patrol
team stopped a green Mazda 626 with registration number
PR 61 KJA driven by Adegbegha at about 5.00 a.m.
He added that the driver allegedly went wild when
questioned about his identity and ownership of the car, which
made the leader of the patrol team to detail a corporal to
take him to the police station. Adoda stated further that on
getting to the station, the corporal alighted to open the gate
of the station and the driver seized the opportunity to take
off. He said the corporal aimed at the vehicle’s tyre to stop
the driver, but he still escaped, unknown to the police that
the bullet had hit him.
He further disclosed that it was the security guard of Group
Medical Hospital who came to the police station shortly after
to inform the police that a man came to the hospital with a
gunshot, where he later died while being treated. The Deputy
Commissioner of Police, however, revealed that the corporal
had been detained at the State Criminal Investigation
Department (SCID), Iyaganku, while the case was being

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