7/7: Oyo Police Command Raises Alarm Over Retribution, Large Scale Violence Among Rival Gangs

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*vows to clamp down heavily on perpetrators

By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan


Oyo state Police command has raised alarm of alleged plans by some hoodlums/ Cultists  to adopt and celebrate the 7th of July, 2021,  popularly known as “7/7” with retribution among rival gangs and large-scale violence in the state
The command in a statement signed by the Oyo state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) DSP Adewale Osifeso on behalf of the state Commissioner of Police, CP Vivian Ngozi Onadeko warned that  the Command would not sit in docile stupefaction while hoodlums have a field day. 
According to the statement, ”  Oyo state Police Command, in collaboration with sister security agencies will clamp down heavily on organizers, leaders and progenitors of such sinister plans whose aims are targeted at triggering needless episodes of retributions,  bloodletting and destruction of innocent lives and properties”
” Credible and duly processed intelligence by the Oyo State Police Command’s intelligence apparatus has revealed that some hoodlums/ Cultists have finalized preparations  to adopt and celebrate the 7th of July, 2021,  popularly known as “7/7″ with retribution among rival gangs and large-scale violence in the State.In view of this, the Commissioner of police CP Ngozi Onadeko,  is issuing a strong warning to any person(s) or group under any of these categories with the intent to scuttle the relative tranquility enjoyed in the State to shelve such plans as the Command would not sit in docile stupefaction while hoodlums have a field day”, he said. 
DSP Osifeso added, ” Consequently upon this, the Police Command, in collaboration with sister security agencies will clamp down heavily on organizers, leaders and progenitors of such sinister plans whose aims are targeted at triggering needless episodes of retributions,  bloodletting and destruction of innocent lives and properties.”
” In furtherance to the above, the Commissioner of Police wishes to assure the good people of the State of a comprehensive security coverage which includes an increase in its inteligence ,operational and tactical apparatus through visible patrols and intelligence driven stop and search across the length and breadth of the State.”
Oyo state Police command however cautioned that “to this end, Parents, guardians and persons of influence are advised to caution their wards and proteges to refrain from any unlawful gathering or assembly with intent to breach the peace of the land as the State Police Command will arrest and prosecute violators.
The command also advised ” Hoteliers, Proprietors of lounges and other recreational facilities against consenting to the use of their facilities/properties to aid cult related activities as owners of such facilities are liable for prosecution as well.”, 
” While expressing confidence in the measure of pro-activity already in play, the Commissioner of Police wishes to urge all and sundry to remain law abiding and vigilant enough to report any suspicious activity to the Police command or nearest Police  formation, and to go about their businesses without the fear of harassment or molestation from anyone .
” In cases of emergency, the Command can always be reached through these emergency control room numbers: 615 (toll free) (OYO STATE SECURITY TRUST FUND), and Oyo State Police Command emergency lines 07055495413 and 08081768614. The NPF rescue me app is also available for free download on both Android and Apple IOS, for Android and I phone users respectively.”

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