The Ogun State Police Command has denied allegations by a civil servant in the state, Ola Hammed, that an operative of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad attached to the command shot him in the leg.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, demanded proof of the allegations, adding that investigations by the command showed that Hammed was injured himself after joining a mob to stone policemen in the Ibara, Abeokuta area.
The Physics teacher claimed that some policemen had been attacked by a mob in the area for beating up a resident.
He said the policemen opened fire on the crowd and as commuters took to their heels, he was accosted by one of the officers, who accused him of being among the mob.
He said while explaining to the cop that he was not in the crowd, he was shot in the leg.
Hammed lamented that the police had refused to investigate the incident or arrest the cop who shot him.
Oyeyemi on Wednesday, said the teacher lied. He said, “Our operatives are stationed at Panseke under bridge. We stationed them there due to the incessant robberies in the area. They had sighted a vehicle passing by on that day. When they stopped it, the driver said he was going somewhere and they allowed him to go. Soon after, they saw him drive by them again. They stopped him for a search and he said he was a soldier.
“The driver started dragging with the SARS operatives and in the process slapped one of the policemen, who returned the slap. Some soldiers nearby were called to identify him and they said he was an impositor. The policemen then said they were going to arrest him for impersonation.
“He was about to be arrested when some hoodlums started throwing stones at the policemen. Many of our men got seriously injured during that attack. The policemen had to shoot into the air to scare away the hoodlums.
“This man (Hammed) was among those who threw stones at the officers. He was running away when he sustained the injuries. He said he was shot in the leg, how is that possible when the injuries were on the sole of his foot? Was he asked to raise his leg so that they could shoot him directly in the sole?”
Oyeyemi noted that the police had a medical report which indicated that the injuries were not from a gunshot, adding that Hammed was only whipping up sentiments.
Hammed, in his reaction, insisted that he was shot in the leg and identified the cop who shot him as one AY.
He said the SARS commander and Oyeyemi tried to appease the residents in a meeting, adding that he (Hammed) had no reason to lay “such serious allegations against the officers.”
“Does my wound look like a cut from a sharp object? Only God can judge righteously,” he added.