A night guard at Gbaremu Oloba of the Ogbere area of Ibadan, Oyo State, Adeshina Atanda, has been arrested by policemen from the Agugu Police Division for allegedly shooting another guard, Taofiq Sikiru.
Sikiru was said to have been returning from work in the morning of Friday, September 13, when he met his untimely death.
Atanda was said to have shot Sikiru in the chest in error, thinking that the deceased was an intruder.
It was learnt that Sikiru was taken to Ade-Oyo Hospital but was confirmed dead by doctors on arrival at the hospital.
Confirming the incident, Police Public Relations Officer, Oyo State Police Command , Olabisi Ilobanafo, told our correspondent that investigation was ongoing to determine circumstances that led to the shooting.
“We cannot confirm what really happened at the moment because we have to investigate the incident before coming to a conclusion. We still rely on preliminary report but we have to look deeper into the case.”
Asked if there was any report of misunderstanding between the deceased and his alleged killer, Ilobanafo declined comment, saying that it was too early to divulge information that was being gathered by the police.
“Like I said, we are investigating the matter and we have to gather information before coming to a conclusion. Releasing information in bits could jeopardise police work and chances of getting to the root of the matter,” she said.
The PPRO added that the corpse had been deposited at the mortuary for autopsy.
Residents at Ogbere told our correspondent that incidence of robbery led to the decision by community leaders to hire vigilance services, adding that there had been a decrease in robbery cases since then.