An SS 2 student from Unity High School in the Ago Ika area of Abeokuta, the capital of Ogun State, was killed yesterday by security personnel working for Special Security Outfits, or “OP MESA.”
One of the OP MESChasingA operators shot directly at the student, who was only known by the name Sadiat, missing the intended victim but striking the 17-year-old girl as she was leaving the school grounds after finishing the day’s exams.
According to reliable information, the OP MESA agents were pursuing a suspected internet fraudster, also known as “yahoo guys,” who fled into the area to avoid arrest.
Security personnel are accused of shooting directly at him while trying to take him out without taking into account the presence of students leaving the school or any bystanders.
Sadiat, the mother’s only child, was rushed to the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Idi Aba, Abeokuta, where doctors declared her “dead on arrival.” Three other pupils and a commercial motorcycle were also struck by stray shots fired by the operatives.
Colleagues of Sadiat protested Sadiat’s death at the local Enu-Gada Police Post after learning of the shocking news.
The most senior police officer on duty allegedly gave the order to physically remove the students, at which point the students allegedly started throwing stones, broken bottles, and other objects they could get their hands on.
However, it is claimed that the additional security personnel that came at the Enu Gada Police Post increased the tension, which led to the eventual dispersal of the students and the indiscriminate arrest of bystanders for either inciting the disturbance or filming the scene of the crisis.
Rafiu Ibrahim, an SS 1 student at the school, claimed in a press interview that the security guards fired directly at the children without regard for their safety despite the fact that it was clear they were wearing school uniforms.
Abimbola Oyeyemi, the command’s public relations officer, who confirmed the occurrence when contacted, denied being aware of the student’s death.
Oyeyemi, who revealed that a Police Inspector (name withheld) was chased down with a machete, also claimed that the security personnel weren’t after any “yahoo boys” but rather a prominent cult leader who had been on the police’s wanted list.
He justified the use of little force to frighten the locals away by explaining that they conspired with the suspected cultist and tried to obstruct the security personnel from carrying out their legitimate task.