ENDSARS: Oyo Police Command Warns Residents Against Planned Remembrance Anniversary Protest - Penangle | News Portal in Nigeria
Tue. Jun 25th, 2024
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Oyo State Police Command has warned groups and members of the public against staging any protest in any part of the state in remembrance #EndSARS protest that shook the security architecture of Nigeria to its very foundation last year.

In a statement signed by the command’s Public Relations Officer, Adewale Osifeso, the state commissioner of police, Ngozi Onadeko appealed to residents to have a rethink as the command would not hesitate to use any legitimate means necessary within the ambit of the law to enforce sanity and prevent needless loss of lives and wanton destruction of private and public properties including critical government infrastructures which could emanate from the proposed protests.

The statement also said the commissioner of police has directed extensive visibility and aggressive patrols by Area Commanders and Divisional Police Officers while adequate deployment of operational, intelligence and tactical assets would be strategically positioned across every nook and cranny of the state to compliment and neutralize any threat or act capable of truncating the relative peace enjoyed by the citizenry.

She advised parents, guardians and leaders that wield various degrees of influence in religious, educational and traditional capacities to warn their wards and protégés against being used by “merchants of anarchy as violators would be thoroughly sanctioned and prosecuted.”

The police boss however urged all law-abiding citizens to go about their daily activities as comprehensive security measures have been put in place to forestall breakdown of law and order.

The statement reads:

RE: ENDSARS PROTESTS: DECISIVE SANCTIONS AWAITS VIOLATORS

“The Oyo State Police Command through intelligence availed to it has unraveled clandestine plans by groups of misguided people to embark on large scale violent protests in parts of the State in commemoration of one year anniversary of the unfortunate October ENDSARS saga.

“Consequent upon this, the Commissioner of Police, Oyo State Police Command, CP Ngozi Onadeko fdc, is appealing to individual(s), groups and most importantly architects of these sinister plans, to have a rethink as the Command would not hesitate to use any legitimate means necessary within the ambit of the law to enforce sanity and prevent needless loss of lives and wanton destruction of private and public properties including critical government infrastructures which could emanate from the proposed protests.

“Recall that the October 2020 EndSARS incident left a painful trail of sorrow, anguish and pains in the minds of Nigerians inclusive security agencies.

“In furtherance to the above, the Commissioner of Police has directed extensive visibility and aggressive patrols by Area commanders and Divisional Police Officers while adequate deployment of operational, intelligence and tactical assets would be strategically positioned across every nook and cranny of the State to compliment and neutralize any threat or act(s) capable of truncating the relative calm enjoyed by the citizenry.

“Furthermore, Parents, guardians and leaders that wield various degrees of influence in religious, educational and traditional capacities are passionately advised to warn their wards and proteges against been used by merchants of anarchy as violators would be thoroughly sanctioned and prosecuted.

“Lastly, the good people of the State are advised to go about their lawful daily activities as comprehensive security measures have been emplaced to forestall breakdown of law and order.”

It would be recalled that #EndSARS protests in October last year, which started as a peaceful protest against alleged highhandedness and brutality by men of the now disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), got hijacked by hoodlums and escalated to destruction of public infrastructures, loss of lives, burning down of police stations, murder of police officers and total chaos among others.

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