Evening has fallen in Ile-oluji in Oke-Igbo local government in Ondo state; people from different walks of life are seen moving from one destination to another. It was indeed a typical day with hope deem with joy coming with the usualness of having all activities that have something to do with happenings of life emplaced.
Ile-oluji people saw hope, the agglomeration of hills and rocks are not left out in adding to the beauty of the day, bringing more perfection to the serene environment. Security officials are seen shouldering their responsibility in ensuring the safety of lives and properties.
All of a sudden, trouble struck, this time, it was a robbery taking place in two banks almost at the same time within the town of Ile-oluji, an outskirt of Ondo state.
Whatever it is, the robbers struck along the line and killed a policeman on guard and three other policemen from the special protection unit (SPU) from Osun state police command who are within the town of Ile-oluji but were unfortunately caught up with armed robbers raiding two banks with three victims consumed on the spot while others had a degree of injuries.
Urban Express News online gathered that eight police special protection unit (SPU) officers along with their official vehicle entered into Ile-oluji town for burial occasion on the 5th of February 2020 and on the 6th of February, on their way back to their destination their vehicle ran into robbery operation unknowingly and was overpowered, killing three officers on spot.
An eyewitness who pleaded on condition of anonymity told our correspondent this has been the practice ever before now. He said whenever there is an occasion in Idanre, police protection unit are always seen in their large numbers in the town making one wonder if there is actually a valid approval from the police authority before their deployment.
“The way and manner those police protection officers are seen here often, anytime there is an occasion for burials and social parties really beg the question of whether the police is dedicated to cover parties and burials only”.
The Nigeria police should investigate that deployment to ascertain its illegality; this is because it is always the norm here and practices anytime there is an occasion in Ile-oluji making it more dubious in nature, the eyewitness said.
He argues that even if there is a legitimate deployment, it shouldn’t be more than four, but on several occasion when there is burial here, you will either sight eight or ten of them and where the police Division at ile-oluji lacks such numbers of policemen to secure the people’s lives and properties? he asked!
His word: “ I even ask a question about the development and what some people told me is that it may be that their deployment is coming from his Royal Highness, the oba of Ile-oluji but then, if that is true, while are they seen moving out of the state, and being killed in a gruesome manner? You need not see the way those robbers vandalized their vehicle and the way they were killed!
When our correspondent sought to know if that special protection unit (SPU) officers were actually from the palace, a close source said kabiesi was holding meeting with his cabinet when they had gunshots and that his royal majesty was not aware of any special protection units police officers in town saying there was no nexus between the women that was buried on that day and the palace.
The Ondo state police spokesman, Femi Joseph had earlier confirmed the incident stating that two banks were attacked by robbers who used dynamites to destroy the entrances of the banks before gaining access, he, however, confirmed the death of four policemen, saying one was on duty while three others were on their own guarding VIP before their untimely death.