There was a wild uproar on Thursday at the Olomore Market, Abeokuta; the Ogun State capital, when operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigeria Police Force allegedly shot two traders as they aim to capture an internet fraudster on the run.
The SARS operatives were reported to have stormed Olomore Pepper Market while chasing an internet fraudster also known as Yahoo boy, who ran into the market.
Findings showed that stray bullets from the SARS officers’ gunshots hit two pepper sellers in the market during the chase
It was stated by an eye witness that one of the victims was shot in the head and the other was shot in the leg and the victims had been rushed to a nearby hospital.
According to another eye witness named Sanni, when they inquired from the SARS officials the reason for storming the market, they replied that they were looking for ‘Yahoo boys’ (Internet fraudsters). The officials then accosted two men, Musa Adamu and Awal, who they later shot after dragging them on the floor and left them critically injured.
Angered by the police action, hundreds of the traders gathered themselves and blocked the roads. The victims were rushed to a nearby private hospital, Bisted Hospital but were referred to the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Abeokuta.
The situation further degenerated when the angry protesters, armed with sticks, planks, stones and other harmful objects attacked police officers who responded to a distress call from their colleagues. The protesters pelted the officers, chasing them and chanting “barawo”, forcing the officers to run for their dear lives.
The chairman of the pepper and tomatoes sellers association, Alhaji Ishaku Nuya, demanded justice for his colleagues, saying the perpetrators of the act must be fished out to face the full wrath of the law if they want the traders pacified.
The state police command spokesman, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said he didn’t know the cause of the fracas but “investigation is still going on”.