*Says one PMS member neutralized in gun duel
*Recovers sophisticated firearms, 724 Cartridges, 33 Mobile Phones, over N3m cash, charms
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Oyo State Police Command today, arrested 78 members of the sacked Oyo State Park Management System (PMS) for unlawful possession of fire arms.
The Commissioner of Police, CP Adebowale Williams while briefing journalists, said the suspects were arrested while about to create widespread carnage and civil disturbance in the state, following the immediate dissolution of the Disciplinary Committee of the Park Management System by Governor Seyi Makinde on Monday.
CP Williams stated that the 78 suspects were arrested in possession of sophisticated firearms, 724 cartridges, assorted charms, 33 mobile phones, and a cash sum of about N3,450,000 million Naira Only.
“Sequel to the above, on Tuesday 30/05/2023 in a strategic intelligence coordinated raid around his location at Diamond Hotel, Alakia-Isebo, under Egbeda LGA, (78) Seventy-Eight suspected hoodlums who had perfected plans to unleash mayhem at the early hours of today at Major parts of the Metropolis were arrested in possession of sophisticated firearms, (724) Seven Hundred and Twenty-four Cartridges assorted charms, (33) Thirty-three Mobile Phones, and a cash sum of about (N3,450,000) Three Million Four Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira Only”, he said.
CP Adebowale added, ” In addition, during the raid sophisticated firearms were recovered inside the hotel rooms and in the trunk compartment of parked vehicles within the hotel.
“Worthy of note is that, though the PMS Chieftain was able to escape with some of his boys during the gun duel with the Police,However a member of the group was neutralized in a gun duel with the Police.”
CP Williams stressed, “Recall that the same group was alleged to be responsible for the attack on (14) Fourteen members of the Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) along Agodi axis under Ibadan North-East LGA enroute the venue of yesterday’s Inaugural celebrations.”
The Commissioner of Police noted, ” Furthermore, in line with Standard Operational Procedure, all recovered items were properly Documented, packaged and recorded for onward forensics analysis and for evidence purposes in accordance with the Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015 and all other relevant laws.”
CP Williams stressed, “Consequent on the above, the Oyo State Police Command enjoins residents to cooperate with the Police with the provision of useful information to help apprehend the sacked PMS Chieftain.”
The Commissioner of Police assured of the command’s
” unwavering commitments towards tackling criminal rascality, hooliganism and blatant disregard for the rule of law.”