The Commissioner of Police in Oyo State, CP Joe Nwachukwu has alleged that the EndSARS protests in the state have been hijacked by hoodlums .
He also alleged that these hoodlums have killed two officers of the state police command.
He made these allegations in a statement on Wednesday morning.
He, however, urged the people of the state to remain calm.
The statement read:
The Commissioner of Police, Oyo State Command, CP Joe Nwachukwu Enwonwu psc, was miffed on the dastardly act of disgruntled/hardened criminals who have hijacked the EndSARS protests to unleash mayhem on Police personnel at Ojoo Divisional Police Headquarters, Ojoo Ibadan today at about 1300hrs, set the station ablaze and burnt it down while two (2) Policemen were killed and two (2) others still missing.
2. The Commissioner of Police wishes to state that the burning of the Police Station was premeditated as Police personnel did not have any interference with the protesters neither were they disturbed in anyway. He stated further that some of the protesters have ulterior motives and capitalize on the opportunity of protests to carry out their evil intentions leading to sordid activities of bandits/hardened criminals carrying out coordinated attacks on law abiding Police officers/innocent citizens and sending them to their early graves.
3. Furthermore, the CP wishes to inform the good people of Oyo State and the general public that due to the attacks, some of the Police AK 47 rifles were still missing and as a result of this, he implore the people to be vigilant and report any individual or group who are not Police officers/military personnel but seen with such rifles to immediately report to the nearest Police Station.
4. Meanwhile, the CP further wishes to implore the people to be law abiding to avoid the full wrath of the law from catching up with them. He equally calls on parents/guardians to warn their children/wards of the impending danger of going to the road. The CP, therefore, want to authoritatively confirm that effort is on to restore the situation to normal as the Nigerian Army (Operation Burst) are complementing Police effort especially the Police Mobile Force (PMF) to prevent further attacks.
SP. Fadeyi Olugbenga
Police Public Relations Officer
For: Commissioner of Police
Oyo State Police Command