The Oyo State police command has that its Ikolaba Station was not attacked. However, a policeman was killed when the officers standing by the side of the road were attacked. The incident took place at Ikolaba area of Ibadan, the Oyo State capital on Friday.
News had earlier trended on social media that the Ikolaba police station was attacked and a police corporal was shot dead. But the state police command has confirmed that the station was not attacked.
In a statement on Saturday morning, the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Olugbenga Fadeyi, said: “At about 9:00 p.m. on Friday, two policemen who were attached to Ikolaba police station and who were at the other side of the road of the station, were attacked by hoodlums in a moving vehicle.
“In the process, one police corporal was shot dead, while one inspector was injured.
“The injured inspector is currently recuperating in the hospital.
“The police station was not attacked.
Immediately, the Commissioner of Police got wind of the incident, he gave the marching order to all police tactical teams, including Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), Swift Response Squad (SRS), SKYNET, Federal and Safer Highway patrol teams, Puff Adder team, among others, to go after the hoodlums.”
Speaking further on the Ikolaba police station incident, he said, “The Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Operations also went there immediately for an on-the-spot assessment of the incident and all police teams were put on red alert.
“Efforts are already being intensified to arrest the hoodlums.”