The Oyo State command of Nigerian Police Force, has disclosed that the command has arrested three suspected hoodlums for disrupting Egungun festival in Ibadan.
Commissioner of police in Oyo State, Shina Olukolu, made this known on Thursday, during a press briefing which held at the state command headquarters, Eleyele, Ibadan.
Olukolu noted that the divisional patrol team of Idi-Aro while monitoring the movement of the popular Alapansapa masquerade on his return home after the Egungun festival, a distress call was received that some hoodlums were disrupting the peace of Ogboriefon and Kobomoje area in Ibadan.
The police boss said that in response to the distress call, the Divisional Police Office (DPO) of the area, led his team to the scene of the incident, and before the arrival of the police, some hoodlums had slightly vandalized two Toyota cars, so the DPO and his team swung into action and three suspects were arrested.
The suspects who were all from Oranyan area of Ibadan include Mohammed Adewale (20 years), Kazim Akinyemi (22 years), and Olawale Muideen (34 years).
In a related development, the Oyo State police command has also accosted six suspected armed robbers where six locally made guns was recovered.
According to Olukolu, some road users who escaped at one of such scenes had quickly alerted a team of SARS operatives who were on anti-crime patrol in Kishi/Igbeti axis of the state, six of the hoodlums were arrested and later identified themselves as Umoru Usman, Soliu Ibrahim, Usman Buba, Abubakar Muhammadu, Abu Mohammed, and Ibrahim Mohammed.
The police boss said “on 2nd of June, 2019, some members of a notorious gang of hoodlums who have been terrorising members of the public and road users along Kishi/Igbeti express way were intercepted and arrested.”
He pointed out that the police have continued to map out new strategies and ways to combat and reduce crime and criminality to the barest minimum through mass deployment of patrol vehicles including that of Operation Puff Adder, SARS, Swift Response Squard, (SRS), SKYNET Squard, Federal and Safer Highways patrol teams to strategic point within the state.
Olukolu however called on the people of the state to constantly supply the police with credible information so as to ease the police in discharging their constitutional duties of protecting the lives and properties of individuals.