15 days after, Police yet to arrest JTF operatives who chased Osun youth to death

Ekene Agbor, Osogbo
Despite assurances by the Osun State Police Command that men of the Joint Task Force (JTF) in the state who chased a 21-year-old apprentice of Engineering, Idris Ajibola to death, will be fished out and made to face Justice, no arrest nor parade has been made.
It’s already 15 days after the tragic incident happened in Osogbo. On Tuesday, September 15, 2020 evening, Idris, a student at Love and Peace Technology Training Centre in Sagamu Ogun State, who was a resident of Ofatedo, Egbedero Local Government was chased to the point of death by the alleged operatives of JTF in Osun while returning from Osun Mall in Osogbo.
It was gathered that the deceased followed two of his friends, Raheem Abdullahi and Dayo to Osun Mall in Osogbo to buy bread, where they met one other Abdulraheem Adekunle (Taflad) who went to the store with his father’s Toyota Corolla car with registration number KUJ-553LY Abuja.
Idris, who is seeking admission to a higher institution, to study Engineering, was involved in a fatal accident with three of his friends during an alleged chase by the armed security operatives.
The Osun police command had vowed to investigate how the horrible motor accident happened and fish out the culprits.
DSS sources said that the police invited all the JTF in the state for questioning during the week of the incident. Ever since then, the police has failed to either parade the suspects or make any arrest relating to the incident.
However, Osun State Governor, Gboyega Oyetola on September 16, ordered for an extensive investigation into the events that led to the reported death of Idris.
Oyetola through Commissioner for Information and Civic Orientation, Funke Egbemode, expressed shock over the incident and the disruption that followed. He asked the State Command of the Nigeria Police to get to the bottom of the matter.
According to the state governor, nobody has a right under the law to take a life, saying that all lives matter in the State.
In the same vien, on Thursday September 17, the member of Federal House of Representatives, Hon. Bamidele Salam, representing Ede North, South/Egbedero/ Ejigbo Federal Constituency, gave the Inspector-General of Police, Muhammad Adamu, a seven-day ultimatum to apprehend the policemen who allegedly chased Idris to death.
Salam made series of promises and threatened to sue Nigeria Police for aggravated damages if the force did not parade the perpetrators within 7 days.
Since then, nothing was heard from the side of the lawmaker regarding the lawsuit which according to him will be filed on behalf of the family of the deceased.
When contacted on WhatsApp after the 7-day ultimatum elapsed, on September 23, Salam responded, “I just delivered a notice to that effect on the office of the IG today. Please await my further briefing. Thank you.”
When asked further if the lawmaker served noticed for ultimatum or court notice, Salam has been silent till the day of filing the story.
Recall that the family of the deceased who just lost another son to a car accident about three months ago cried for justice on the death of Idris.
While contacted, the spokesperson of Police in Osun, Yemisi Opalola has not been answering telephone calls put across to her for two days and could not reply to her text messages.
Yemisi said that the health status of the state Commissioner for Police, Undie Adie who had accident during a trip in Ebonyi state has been holding the command to release the report on the incident.
The deceased’s elder sister, Rukayat Ajibola, urged the Inspector-General of Police, Muhammad Adamu, and the Osun state government to investigate the death of his brother and ensure Justice is served on culprits.
Rukayat urged the government to ensure that the matter was not swept under the carpet.
She said, “I urge the government and IGP to investigate my brother’s death. The government should do something about the killing of youths in the country.”


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