Go About Your Lawful Businesses, Security Remain Firm And Fortified – Oyo Police Command Allays Fears Of Residents
By Henry Odeh
The Oyo State Police Command has allayed fears among residents across the state especially in Ibadan metropolis over influx of strange persons alleged to be herdsmen.
The State Commissioner of Police, CP Ngozi Onadeko, gave the words of reassurance in a press statement signed by the Force Public Relation Officer (PPRO), DSP Adewale Osifeso, and made available to sunrisebulletin on evening of Friday June 11.
The apprehension which sunrisebulletin gathered may not be unconnected with several rumours and speculations going round following threats by some of the leaders of ‘Yoruba nation’ agitators who have declared readiness to use the occasion of June 12 Democracy Day celebration to protest against ills of the present Federal Government.
This news medium also gathered that the apprehension could have been birthed by the June 5 midnight invasion by unknown gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen which claimed no fewer than 11 lives with several others severely injured.
According to the press statement by the Oyo state police boss, the attention of the CP, Ngozi Onadeko, was drawn to series of assertion going round about influx of strange Fulani herdsmen in some parts of the state following preparation towards June 12 Democracy Day celebration, describing it as ‘baseless’.
Onadeko maintained that facts gathered by the state police Command after careful and strategic deployment of Officers to investigate the various allegations and rumours revealed details that negate the various assertions in the speculations.
The police boss however, urged residents to go about their lawful businesses as the state police command’s security architecture remains fortified and firm to provide security for lives and properties within all nooks and crannies of the state.
The statement reads: “The attention of the Commissioner of Police, Oyo State Police Command, CP Ngozi Onadeko fdc has been drawn to series of baseless assertions making the rounds, suggesting the influx of suspected herders into the State with specific references to Akinyele, Ona-Ara, Oluyole, Monatan, Akobo and Egbeda areas where series of gunshots were allegedly heard at different times. The rumour mill also span towards Ido local government area, sharing boundaries with Ibarapa North and East Local government where some strangers in their numbers allegedly believed to be herders stormed the community leading to closure of schools and business activities.
“Following the above, the Commissioner of Police in due diligence, had hitherto deployed intelligence assets across the nooks and crannies of the state especially those areas reportedly troubled, which in turn has produced facts that negates the above assertions.
“Consequent upon this, Oyo State Police Command wishes to refute these unfounded tales, aimed at promoting panic, apprehension and instigating violence in the state.
“While promising the citizenry that the security architecture of the state remains undisputedly firm and fortified daily with various security upgrades, the Commissioner of Police enjoins the members of the public to desist from the act of promulgating unverified news as this is a counterproductive measure in the course of birthing a peaceful Oyo state of our collective dreams.”
Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, CP Onadeko, has assured residents across the state of a hitch-free Democracy Day celebration.
She gave the assurance in a Police Press Release on Friday evening of June 11 and made available to Sunrisebulletin by the Force PPRO, DSP Adewale Osifeso.
“The Oyo State Police Command under the leadership of CP Ngozi Onadeko, commenced a sensitization and awareness patrol on Thursday 10th June, 2021 around the state in a bid to sensitize the general public on the need to shun any form of involvement in unpatriotic acts and criminal activities counterproductive to the current level of peace enjoyed during and beyond the June 12, Democracy day celebration.
“In furtherance to the above, Oyo State Police Command in collaboration with other sister security agencies, on Friday 11th June, 2021, embarked on a show of force across the nooks and crannies of the state, with the purpose of asserting presence, availability and readiness to deal decisively with any peace threatening advances.
“Consequent upon this, the Commissioner of Police wishes to appeal to Stakeholders, Principal actors, parents, guardians and Heads of various religious sects, to use their influence to advice against acts that would unnecessarily heat up the polity.
“While assuring the good people of the state that maximum deployment of intelligence and security apparatus is already in place, the Commissioner of Police wishes everyone a peaceful and happy democracy day, urging all and sundry to go about their duties without the fear of molestation or harassment within and beyond the period,” The statement concludes.