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Oyetola orders probe as police shoot journalist in Osun

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The Governor of Osun State, Gboyega Oyetola, has condemned the shooting of The Nation Newspaper journalist, Toba Adedeji, and another citizen by some trigger-happy police officers at Olaiya, Osogbo, the state capital on Tuesday.

Oyetola, in a statement he signed on Facebook, described the shooting at journalists and unarmed citizens as completely unacceptable, irresponsible and condemnable.

He said the police officers had no justification for the unfortunate and unlawful act.

According to Oyetola, “They could have employed other means rather than resorting to deadly force to disperse the group.

“The frequency of these unfortunate and avoidable provocative incidents is a source of concern to us, as a government. I have, therefore, directed the State Commissioner of Police to investigate the shooting incident and ensure that his officers who were involved in it are identified and punished in accordance with extant regulations and law.

“We must ensure that this kind of sad and barbaric incident does not occur again in our State.

“I wish the Nation Newspaper correspondent, Adedeji, and the other citizen whom I learnt are presently receiving treatment at the hospital, speedy recovery. I am also calling on residents of Osun to remain calm and not take the law into their own hands. I assure that this matter will be pursued to a logical conclusion and the erring officers dealt with accordingly.”