The Oyo State police command has vowed to deal with violent protesters planning to commemorate the one-year of the #ENDSARS protest.
This was contained in a statement signed by the Command Public Relations Officer, DSP Adewale Osifeso which was made available to newsmen earlier today in Ibadan.
The statement titled “RE: ENDSARS PROTESTS. DECISIVE SANCTIONS AWAITS VIOLATORS” called on individuals amd groups in the state planning a repeat of the #ENDSARS protest witnessed last year should rethink as the command would not hesitate to use any legitimate means to thwart such protests and restore order in the state.
The statement reads: “The Oyo State Police Command through intelligence availed to it has unraveled clandestine plans by groups of misguided people to embark on large scale violent protests in parts of the State in commemoration of one year anniversary of the unfortunate October ENDSARS saga.
“Consequent upon this, the Commissioner of Police, Oyo State Police Command, CP Ngozi Onadeko fdc, is appealing to individual(s), groups and most importantly architects of these sinister plans, to have a rethink as the Command would not hesitate to use any legitimate means necessary within the ambit of the law to enforce sanity and prevent needless loss of lives and wanton destruction of private and public properties including critical government infrastructures which could emanate from the proposed protests.
“Recall that the October 2020 EndSARS incident left a painful trail of sorrow, anguish and pains in the minds of Nigerians inclusive security agencies.
” In furtherance to the above, the Commissioner of Police has directed extensive visibility and aggressive patrols by Area commanders and Divisional Police Officers while adequate deployment of operational, intelligence and tactical assets would be strategically positioned across every nook and cranny of the State to compliment and neutralize any threat or act(s) capable of truncating the relative calm enjoyed by the citizenry.
“Furthermore, Parents, guardians and leaders that wield various degrees of influence in religious, educational and traditional capacities are passionately advised to warn their wards and proteges against been used by merchants of anarchy as violators would be thoroughly sanctioned and prosecuted.
” Lastly, the good people of the State are advised to go about their lawful daily activities as comprehensive security measures have been emplaced to forestall breakdown of law and order.”