Sunkanmi Ogunbiyi, a corporal attached to the Ogun State Police Command on Thursday committed suicide after killing six people including his wife, his landlady, his daughter and the commercial motorcyclist contracted to take his daughter to school.
The shooting incident took place inside Ifelodun Estate, Eleweran, Abeokuta.
While reacting to the incident, the Commissioner of Police, CP Ikemefuna Okoye described the incident as “unfortunate”. He also urged citizens to take the incident as a mishap which should not be used to judge the police.
Below is the text of the statement signed on the CP’s behalf by DSP Muyiwa Adejobi, the command’s spokesman.
POLICE PRESS RELEASE, OGUN STATE COMMAND
NO. 46 DATED 27/03/2014
KILLING INCIDENT IN ABEOKUTA
The Ogun State Police Command has deemed it necessary to react to the killing of six persons by a Police Corporal Sunkanmi Ogunbiyi attached to Ogun State Police Command.
The unfortunate incident occurred this morning Thursday 27th March, 2014 at 0758hrs when the said Corporal, who had been having domestic conflicts with his wife, shot and killed six persons, with his rifle, including his wife, Woman Corporal Oluwatosin Faremi, the landlady in the house a two year old baby girl and 2 males and 1 female, while another 3 persons sustained injuries and receiving treatment at Federal Medical Centre Idi Aba Abeokuta. The said Corporal, having killed these persons, shot himself dead immediately.
The Commissioner of Police Ogun State CP Ikemefuna Okoye has described the incident unfortunate; and has visited the scene with other Senior Police Officers in the Command to assess the situation and sympathize with the relations of the deceased and members of Akinbola Ifelodun Estate Eleweran Area Abeokuta, where the incident took place.
The Command has commenced a thorough forensic investigation into the killing and promised to make sure justice is done in the matter.
The Commissioner of Police however appeals to the general public to perceive the incident as one of the unfortunate social mishaps and not to judge the Police with the incident, as the Police is committed to protection of lives and property and will not tolerate any act capable of trampling on the fundamental human rights of the citizens in Ogun State..
DSP. OLUMUYIWA ADEJOBI,
POLICE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER,
FOR : COMMISSIONER OF POLICE,
OGUN STATE COMMAND