An artisan identified as Gafar Ajibola, has drown in Ogun River when he plunged the water in panic reaction to a police raid on Oniyanrin community in Abeokuta South Local Government Area of the state.
The unfortunate incident which happened in the early hours of Saturday, when the 31 years old Ajibola was at the river bank to wash his clothes.
The Nation gathered that a detachment of policemen had stormed the area in search of hoodlums around near Ogun river and were shooting sporadically.
In ensuing confusion, deceased was said to have jumped into the river in a fit of fear and got drowned but his remains were retrieved about 17 hours later by local divers.
Ajibola’s uncle who who did not want his name being mentioned in print, called for thorough investigation into incident even as he demanded justice for the deceased.
The Uncle added the late Ajibola was at the river bank to wash clothes and met his death because Police’s sporadic shooting.
He said: “this is an unfortunate situation. My brother was not a criminal. He was at the river bank to wash his clothes. He jumped into the river out of fear following serious shooting by the police. We launched a search after his body until we found it on Saturday night.
“We are demanding for justice in this case. We are going to take legal step against the police on this matter,” he said.
But the Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, who confirmed the incident, absolved the police of any wrong doing, saying that the policemen were in the vicinity to perform legitimate duty.
Oyeyemi, an Assistant Superintendent of Police, said the Police were at the area to burst the hideout of criminal ring there.
According to him, some people were arrested and released after investigation, wondering why the deceased jumped into the river when no one was chasing him.
“The CP has directed that a powerful investigation be launched to unravel the culpability or otherwise of its men. The men were just on routine operational duty of providing residents adequate security.
“The case is under investigation, the police are in the place to ensure safety of life and property,” Abimbola said.