By Kolawole Olayinka, Abeokuta
Ogun police command has confirmed the killing of a Divisional Crime Officer (DCO), Augustine Ogbeche from Atan Ota police station in Ado-Odo/Ota local government area of the state by some hoodlums who stormed the station and set it on fire.
The State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr. Abimbola Oyeyemi disclosed this in a statement issued in Abeokuta on Wednesday.
Oyeyemi explained that the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) , Sikiru Olugbenga was also injured and his whereabout still unknown, saying that a civilian was also killed in the attack while the station was set ablaze.
The police spokesman noted that the hitherto peaceful protest embarked upon by youths across the state was unfortunately taking a dangerous violent dimension, adding that some people with ulterior motives were using the opportunity to commit all sorts of heinous crimes.
He explained that the State Commissioner of Police , Edward Ajogun appealed to the youths to eschew violence and embrace peace as violence would do no one good.
He added that the CP equally appealed to traditional institutions, parents and other critical stakeholders to prevail on the youths to stop this carnage and give the government a chance to address the situation.
“Early this morning, the protesters went to Atan-ota and set the police station there ablaze and subsequently murdered the D.C.O, Dsp Augustine Ogbeche in cold blood.
“A civilian also died in the process while some arms were carted away. They also inflicted serious injury on the DPO, Sikiru Olugbenga whose whereabout is yet unknown.
“Also in Abeokuta, some groups of boys attacked Obada-Oko Divisional Headquarters and vandalised it.
“The youths are reminded that since the commencement of the protests the police have been nice and civil to them even when some of our men were injured and our stations damaged.
“We even went ahead and released all the 36 suspects we arrested. However if in the course of handling the protests anybody feels offended we plead understanding and not retaliatory measures including killing and maiming policemen and burning and damaging police stations.
“We will ensure that justice is served any aggrieved person. Please and please let us continue to embrace peace rather than violence,” he said.