Ondo State Police Command on Tuesday arrested of a man who allegedly opened gunfire to disperse guests at a party at Oba Akoko in the Akoko South West Local Government Area of the state.
The party was ongoing last Saturday, when the suspect, whose identity was not revealed, stormed the venue and shot to disperse the guests when he saw his girlfriend with another man.
Though no life was lost in the incident, many of the guests were said to have sustained injuries as they ran helter-skelter in the confusion that followed the shooting.
A source said, “The suspect is a security man, but we don’t know the organisation he works for because he was not on uniform. He traced his girlfriend, who was with another man, to the party. I think it was out of anger that he brought out his gun and started shooting when he saw the lady with another man. The shooting sent all the guests away, including his girlfriend, and the party ended abruptly.”
While some residents claimed that the suspect was a member of the Ondo State Security Network Agency, also known as Amotekun Corps, others said he was a police officer.
The state Commander of the Amotekun Corps, Chief Adetunji Adeleye, denied the suspect.
He said, “I am not aware of the incident and I don’t have any report of such from the Akoko area. The suspect is not one of us; you know there are many security agencies, but I am sure he is not one of my men.”
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Mrs Funmilayo Odunlami, confirmed the arrest, adding that investigation was ongoing but denied that the suspect was a policeman, she refused to confirm his identity.