Alleged APC Mass Rally Attack: Oyo Police Command Says It’s Untrue

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By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan

Oyo State Commissioner of  Police, CP Adebowale Williams on Wednesday, ordered immediate investigations into the activities at the All Progressive Congress,(APC) mass rally/street walk in Ibadan, staged on Tuesday.

This was contained in a statement by the Oyo State Police Command Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Adewale Osifeso on behalf of CP Williams.

In the statement, Oyo State Command refuted the claims of the purported attack on the APC members during the rally/street walk.

According to CP Williams, ” Oyo State Police Command comprehensively provided adequate security for the (1) one -day event in concert with relevant Sister Agencies”.

” Premised on news making the rounds about a coordinated  attack on a party supporter of the All Progressive Congress, during their procession from the State Party Secretariat on 04/10/2022  to some parts of the metropolis, the Oyo State Command wishes to refute the claims and give a detailed account of the incident in the proper perspective”, he said 

CP Williams added, ” The Campaign train was adequately protected by layers of operational and tactical Command assets aided by intelligence driven surveillance and Patrol teams flagging the procession from the front and rear”.

” However, an isolated case of Armed-robbery was reported at the Idi-Aro Divisional Police Headquarters, Ibadan South-East LGA, where an unsuspecting party supporter was dispossessed of his Black TVS Motorcycle and was shot by hoodlums adorning same campaign T-shirts outside the rally axis.”

The Commissioner of Police stressed, ” preliminary investigations reveal that the unsuspecting party victim, One Chukwuemeka Okoh ‘m’ 22 years was approached by 2 unknown adult males to assist them in catching up with the advancing campaign train, a gesture which he obliged because they were adorned in similar T-shirts.

“He was later instructed to veer into “shortcut” (what later became a secluded pathway) in a bid to overtake the body of the campaign train and join the major players ahead. In furtherance of the above, the victim, Chukwuemeka Okoh ‘m’ was in no distant time halted with a locally made shotgun pointed at him as the assailants demanded briskly for the keys to his Motorcycle after which he was shot and left to fate. Thankfully he was rescued and a report eventually filled. The victim is alive and well.”

CP Williams however warned the people of the state “against unnecessarily heating up the Polity with inciting utterances and provocative gestures” and that,  “parents, guardians and leaders wielding various degrees of influence should prevail on their wards and proteges against been used as cannon-fodders in disrupting the relative peace enjoyed in the state.”

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