A junior secondary school 1 student of Mayigi Community High School, Ilashe, in the Ipokia local government area of Ogun State, Eniola Adeleye, was killed by a police officer, identified as “Freedom”.
This medium gathered that the officer, who is attached to the Ilaro Area Command, allegedly knocked down and killed the student with his vehicle while chasing a motorcyclist on Thursday, November 30, 2023.
The police officer also injured other students who were walking with the deceased.
The General Secretary of a youth group under the umbrella of the Ipokia local government youth forum (IPYF), Adeyemi Sulaiman Olusegun, who confirmed the incident in a statement, describing it as “unprofessional and barbaric.”
“We, the youth of Ipokia Local Government, under the aegis and leadership of the Ipokia Local Government Youth Forum (IPYF), are emphatically heartbroken by the sad news we received that a police officer popularly called “FREEDOM” attached to Nigeria Police Force Area Command, Ilaro, inhumanly killed one Adeleye Eniola, an SS1 student of Mayigi Community High School, Ilashe, in a cold blood hit-and-run, and he is currently at large. We strongly condemn this barbaric act,” the statement read.
“Over the years, we have been faced with the Nigeria Police Force’s unprofessional discharge of their constitutional duties that always infringe human rights of our people, and it has always been proven that men of the police force on our roads in Ipokia Local Government are specially trained to kill, maim, extort our people, and take away our rights as citizens of this country.
“The said officer, named “FREEDOM,” was reportedly chasing a motorist who escaped extortion while he killed the young girl and injured other students in his unethical daily activities. This is one of many misconducts by policemen on the Owode-Idiroko road.
“The said officer left Ilaro to perpetuate evil in Ipokia Local Government because the Nigeria Policemen had been left unchecked, and they have turned themselves into free rascals that can operate even outside their jurisdictions,”
The group demanded the immediate arrest and prosecution of the officer for manslaughter and inciting public unrest.
The group also demanded the disbandment of all illegal checkpoints on the roads