*calls for calm, says culprits ‘ll be brought to justice
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Amidst tension in Ibarapa area of Oyo State, the state Police command on Sunday said investigation has commenced into the alleged “arson and a breach of peace” in Igangan town in Ibarapa area of Oyo State last Friday.
Oyo State Police command in a statement issued by its Public Relations Officer (PPRO) CSP Lawrence Fadeyi for the state’s Commissioner of Police, CP Ngozi Vivian Onadeko calls for calm and solicit the support of the people of the state in ensuring that the state is “safe and secure”.
According to the command in the statement, “the Commissioner of Police would like to reiterate that the Security Agencies will not watch while some criminal elements take laws into their hands.
“Investigation into the arson and the breach of the peace, which occurred at Igangan will be investigated to logical conclusion and culprits shall be brought to justice. This Press Release is to keep the public abreast of the security situation in Oyo State, especially the Ibarapa and Okeogun zones”, it said
The Command added, “it is necessary to state that, in handling the situation, Security Operatives applied extreme caution to avoid casualty and to avoid the situation from degenerating to a complete breakdown of law and order. Be that as it may, the Commissioner of Police, Oyo State Police Command would like to appeal for calm”.
It however called on well meaning and peace loving elders in Ibarapa community ” to caution and advise restive youths to sheath their swords and shun violence in addressing the complex situation at hand”, saying the youths should avoid being used as pawns to ignite ethnic war.
Emphasizing that “at no time has violence been used as weapon to address security challenges”, Oyo state Police command stressed, that following the fear of threats to public peace, occasioned by the alleged inciting pronouncement of Chief Sunday Adeyemo, A.K.A Sunday Igboho, the Oyo State Police Command jointly with the Operation Burst had embarked on visibility/confidence building patrol of the areas concerned.”
It noted further “sadly, the relative peace and calmness, being enjoyed, due to the visibility patrols of the Security Agencies were truncated by the visit of Sunday Igboho to Igangan, at about 1630hrs on 22nd January 2021” adding, “the visit had culminated in a mob action by some youths in the town, who, armed with different types of weapons, embarked on arson and a breach of peace. In the process, grievous hurt was committed against one of the Police Officers, while discharging his statutory duties. “
The command stated “it is also necessary to mention that, substantial numbers of suspects (of different ethnic backgrounds) were arrested in connection with virtually all the cases of kidnapping or assassination, which had occurred in the State. Some have been arraigned in the Court of Law and being remanded in Correctional Facilities, while investigations are still ongoing in some of the cases.”
“Once again, the Commissioner of Police calls for calm and solicit the support of the good people of Oyo State in ensuring that we keep the State safe and secure, please”.