A police sergeant attached to Division B police station Modakeke, Osun State simply identified as Sogbamu, was recently reported to have gone berserk as he allegedly opened fire on Master Mustapha Ibrahim and killed him at Iraye area of Modakeke.
OSUN DEFENDER’s investigation revealed that Mustapha, an Hausa–man, who was into timber business on the fateful day, had just returned from his daily work, after which he reportedly observed his Sallat (Muslim prayer) and sat in front of his father’s residence located at Iraye area of the ancient town.
It was also revealed that the late Mustapha was still in company of his other brothers at around 7.00pm when Sogbamu came in a police van with other members of Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) Ile-Ife unit, attached to the Area Commander’s office during their normal patrol exercise to Iraye area.
OSUN DEFENDER further gathered that since Mustapha did not have any premonition of his imminent death, as police patrol is not strange to the residents of Iraye community, which also housed the Hausa community in the neighbourhood, he therefore had no cause to run from the police officers.
An eye witness at Iraye, who spoke with OSUN DEFENDER under anonymity stated that Sogbamu suddenly pointed his gun at Mustapha, and opened fired while his other brothers were watching helplessly, the ugly incident, while others fled for their lives.
It was also revealed to OSUN DEFENDER that immediately Sogbamu committed the dastardly act, one of his colleagues who was also present with him at the scene of the crime, called him and asked him if he had realized that he had suddenly killed somebody the source hinted OSUN DEFENDER.
The source also revealed that with immediate effect other members of the team got into their vehicle and hurriedly left to avert the anger of the youths in the area, who had started gathering at the scene.
It took the intervention of the leaders of the Modakeke community to pacify the angry youths who are hell-bent on protesting to Oke-Otubu police station, to forestall breakdown of law and order and possibly further loss of lives.
OSUN DEFENDER also learnt that the policemen from Division B unit led by a sergeant later come to the scene of the crime to collect the lifeless body of the deceased, which was later deposited at Obafemi Awolowo Teaching Hospital mortuary Ile-Ife.
A police source, who also prefer anonymity confirmed the incident at Division B police station Oke-Otubu, Modakeke.
It was also discovered that the killer police officer was deadly-drunk as at the time he committed the crime.
Meanwhile the corpse of the slained Mustapha had been released to the family, and he had since been buried according to Islamic rites.
Meanwhile the police Sergeants and other members of the Special Anti robbery Squad who committed the crime had since been moved and detained at the State CID, Osogbo, where they were being investigated in connection with the crime.
All efforts to speak with the state police Spokesman proved abortive as his mobile phone could not be reached.