By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
A Police Divisional Crime Officer (DCO) and a civilian were on Tuesday killed within a Police station in Iganna, Iwajowa Local Government, Area of Oyo State during an attack on the station by suspected hoodlums.
New Nigerian gathered that the attack on the station followed a controversy which arose when “a charcoal man from Igangan reportedly met some officers of Nigeria Police Force at a check point allegedly requesting for money which the driver denied.
It was learnt that a request for the vehicle document by the police also resulted to argument out of provocation the police pointed gun at the driver as a result of which the
driver started dragging gun with the Police during which the driver was allegedly shot and rushed to the hospital.
Reacting to the attack, Oyo State Police Command in a statement by the Police Public Relations Officer, (PPRO) SP Adewale Osifeso on behalf of the Oyo state Commissioner of Police , CP Adebowale Williams declared that the police station was attacked by hoodlums.
According to SP Osifeso in the statement ” preliminary investigation revealed that in compliance to the stop and search directives on unregistered motorcycles and overcrowded pillions to reduce the spate of robberies and abductions in the axis, operatives of the Command attached to Iganna Divisional Police Headquarters while on legitimate duties along Elejoka-Igangan road, Iwajowa LGA, were attacked by hoodlums who were clearly opposed not only to the directive but as well the relative tranquility in the axis”.
” In furtherance of the above, and in a bid to drive home their point, the officers were attacked unprovoked by the assailants thus leading to the death of the Divisional Crime Officer and a civilian in custody in the process of repelling the hoodlums from invading the Divisional Police Headquarters at Iganna after forcing themselves into the town”, he said
The PPRO added, “also, the Divisional Police officer and a Police Inspector sustained several lacerations from machete cuts and are currently being stabilized at a government medical hospital.”
SP Osifeso pointed out that the state Commissioner of Police, CP Adebowale Williams ” has ordered full scale investigations into the matter with the Deputy Commissioner of Police in Charge of the State Criminal Investigation Department leading the team and that an arrest has been made.
The PPRO stressed further that updates on the incident would be provided accordingly by the Oyo state Police command .