Ibadan was gripped in chaos Wednesday as angry youths took to the street to protest the alleged killing of a 16-year-old teenager by an Amotekun Corps member.
It was gathered that the boy, whose identity could not be ascertained, was shot dead as the Amotekun members chased some armed robbery suspects around Uncle Joe Bus Stop, in the Mokola area of the city.
While some of the protesters lamented that the boy was shot by some officers of the Amotekun Corps, Commandant of Amotekun in Oyo State, Col. Olayinka Olayanju (retd.) told reporters that the boy was not killed by any of his men.
Irate youths made bonfires on the road leading to the secretariat, causing traffic snarl for about two hours, eyewitnesses say.
Some of those who went to the secretariat said they were turned back by the angry youth who blocked the road and made bonfires at various points along the road.
Security was quickly beefed up at strategic locations in the city.
The Commandant of Amotekun said in an interview with reporters that none of his men went to the area the boy was killed.
He said, “They are just lying against us. We did not operate at Mokola and we gathered from the community that no Amotekun officer came there. It was just a lie again Amotekun. Amotekun did not kill anybody.”
Olayanju said some people might have cooked up the lie against Amotekun because of the work its men had been doing since inception.