An Operation Burst Officer has been killed in an hoodlum attack.
9Janewshub.com.ng reports that yet to be identified Operation Burst Officer has been killed in an hoodlum attack at Iluju town, in Oriire Local Government part of Oyo state.
Iluju is one of the communities under Ogbomoso town.
Confirming the incident, the State Director-General for Operation Burst, Col. Oladipo Ajibola (rtrd.) stressed that contrary to some reports that a soldier was killed, he noted that an officer was killed but not a soldier.
He said, “A soldier was not killed, but an officer of Operation Burst.
“It was hoodlums who came en mass to overwhelm Operation Burst personnel on a distress call that killed the officer and set our vehicle ablaze yesterday evening (Sunday),” Ajibola said.
The development which led to the unfortunate death of the officer as gathered by 9Janewshub.com.ng occurred on Sunday in Iluju town in Oriire Local Government Area of Ogbomoso Zone, when Operation Burst officers, comprises soldiers and men of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps(NSCDC), were called to restore order at a football field where a match was to be played on Sunday.
It was gathered that a resident yet to be identified parked his motorcycle at the middle of a football field where the match between Iluju United and another team was to be played and the person refused to remove the motorcycle.
This was said to have led to a fight and the situation could not be handled by the people of the community who invited Operation Burst officers to restore peace.
It was gathered also that a soldier in the team in an attempt to calm down the tension fired a shot into the air.
The eyewitness who pleaded anonymous said: “One of the soldiers shot in the air and a young boy close to him heard the gunshot and fainted. But the youth, especially those who knew the boy, thought he had died.
“Some of them mobilized and attacked the soldiers. One of the soldiers was hit with an object and he died. The vehicle brought by Operation Burst was also vandalized.
“Immediately this happened, everybody, especially the youth and others, fled the town and ran inside the bush for fear of reprisal by the security agents.” the source stressed.
Also when contacted for reaction, the State Public Relations Officer of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), DSC Okuneye Oyindamola maintained that the DG Operation Burst is in best position to react to the incident.
She said, “I don’t have the mandate to say anything about the incident, the DG operation Burst is the only person that has the authority and he’s the only one that has the capacity to issue a statement over the matter.