Police Tightens Security Ahead of Protest in Oyo State

Inspector-General of Police, Olukayode Egbetokun

Oyo State Police Command says it has placed prompt and adequate measures to prevent any possible breakdown of law and order ahead of the planned protests in Ibadan on Monday 19th Feb 2024.

This was contained in a statement by the Command’s police public relations officer, Adewale Osifeso.

The command said it respects the right of citizens to a peaceful procession, saying it is sacrosanct to guide against any violation of public order as Law enforcement must be carried along to chart the course of the procession in a conscious bid to protect the lives and property.

The statement reads in part “Worthy of mention is that the Oyo State Police Command was never approached and is yet to be approached by any individual or group in this regard.

“Consequent upon the above, the organizers through their actions and most importantly inactions would be opening a portal for unscrupulous elements to hijack the process, thus escalating the situation into full-scale chaos which might in turn, lead to attacks on places of critical interests within the Capital.

“To this end, parents, guardians, and leaders of all degrees of influence are to prevail on their children, wards, and protegees against being used by agents of anarchy who would want to take undue advantage of the situation to destroy the relative peace enjoyed in the State.

“Likewise, residents would witness high-octane patrols in major parts of the city in a bid to reassure them of the Command’s unwavering commitment towards their safety.

“Lastly, the good people of Oyo State are advised to go about their businesses without any fear of harassment or molestation and as well, “say something, if they see something, for the Police to immediately do something.”

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