Adegoke Adeyemi, a 27-year-old student at Offa Grammar School in Kwara State's Offa Local Government Area, reportedly killed himself after failing his SS1 to SS2 promotion exam.
According to the state police command's public relations officer, Okasanmi Ajayi, who confirmed the development in a statement in Ilorin on Wednesday night, Adegoke, who was discovered hanging from a tree, was asked to repeat the class.
He claimed that at approximately 15.34 hours on Tuesday, a group of police officers from the Divisional Police Headquarters, Offa, removed the deceased student's body from a tree behind the Ariya Garden Hotel in Offa.
Okasanmi disclosed that “in an attempt to arrest the suspect while also avoiding likely collateral damage in the process of the arrest, it was difficult to simultaneously arrest the other members of his gang who escaped using customers of the supermarket as shields."
“Investigation of the matter is presently ongoing." One locally-made pistol and two live cartridges were recovered from the suspect, "he added.
Meanwhile, efforts are in progress to arrest his fleeing accomplices.
The Commissioner of Police, Kwara State, CP Tuesday Assayomo, has restated his earlier assertion that Kwara State can never play host to criminals.
He warned cultists and other lawbreakers to borrow a new leaf or relocate to another state, as no effort would be spared by the command in smoking criminal elements out of Kwara State.
In another development, the spokesman of the state police command said one notorious cultist on the wanted list of the anti-cultism team, named Monday Ojoagbu "M", and other members of his gang, on a mission to carry out another gruesome attack on a target yet to be identified, were traced and arrested at Ace Supermarket located in the Unity area of Ilorin on Tuesday at about 1800 hours.