How Police Officer Shot Man Dead At Ekiti Hotel

Police officer shot dead man

A police officer shot dead a man at the Ekiti hotel.

Nigeria online news reports that a police officer reportedly opened fire in a hotel bar where people were watching a soccer game on Saturday, killing a young man who was drinking beer with his friend.

The victim, Olaoye Abayomi, was with his friend Idris Adebayo in the bar of the Queens Court Hotel in the Ologede area of ​​Ado Ekiti, Ekiti state, when four policemen arrived at the scene with a vehicle with the registration “PF 600 – WSH” .

The officer allegedly got out of the vehicle and fired in the direction of the crowd. A bullet hit Mr. Abayomi in the stomach, while his friend, Mr. Adebayo, also reportedly suffered a gunshot wound to the leg.

Witnesses told our reporter that Mr. Abayomi died instantly, but that other policemen at the scene took Mr. Adebayo to the hospital. The officer who fired the shots according to our sources escaped.

The incident occurred around 9:30 pm, during a soccer game between Manchester United and West Brom.

Speaking to our reporter, Adetunji Olaniyi, on Sunday morning he said: “I went to watch a football game at Queens Court in the Ologede area in Ado Ekiti when the incident happened around 9:30 pm,” said a witness.

“The police entered the hotel while people were watching football and drinking. Suddenly, we heard gunshots and those of us who were watching football dispersed in an attempt to flee for our lives.

“Before we knew what happened, we saw police officers entering and shooting people who were drinking, killing one person while the other was brutally wounded in the leg.”

Seun Olaifa, another witness, told NewsOnline Nigeria that the atmosphere was calm and that the police should not have fired at peaceful citizens.

“They came in their usual way looking for someone to attack and the only thing we heard was gunshots and the perpetrator immediately ran off leaving his colleagues who took the wounded man to hospital.”

When asked if there were any incidents that required shooting, Mr. Olaifa simply said: “The policeman fired anyway. There were no incidents that would justify a shooting. People drank and watched football ”.

Other witnesses told NewsOnline Nigeria that the murder sparked outrage in the community, but was contained by local police officers.

State police command spokesman Sunday Abutu confirmed the incident. However, he said the officer who fired the shot was arrested.

“The officer who was involved in the fatal shooting at the Queens Court Hotel for the motive that is still under investigation has been arrested by the Ekiti State Police Command, disarmed and detained for investigation and disciplinary action.”

“The Ekiti State Police Commissioner implores all the good people of the Ekiti State to calm down as he will ensure that justice prevails,” he said in a text message to our correspondent.

This online news outlet understands that this incident comes weeks after angry youths protested across Nigeria against police brutality, extortion, assault and extrajudicial killings.

Following the protests, the federal government asked state governments to establish judicial investigation panels to investigate abuses by the police.

In panels attended by NewsOnline Nigeria, Nigerians have been recounting various atrocities, allegedly committed by police officers across the country.