By Richard Thomas Ibadan
The Oyo State Police Command has warned groups or individuals planning to embark on a large-scale violent protests in commemoration of the one-year anniversary of #EndSARS saga that rocked the country last year October to be wary of such an exercise.
The Command through its spokesperson, Adewale Osifeso, a Deputy Superintendent of Police appealed to individuals, groups and most importantly those behind the sinister plans, to have a rethink.
He said 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.
Osifeso in a statement said the Commissioner of Police in the state, Ngozi Onadeko 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 done strategically across every nook and cranny of the state.
While noting that decisive actions await those who violate the directive, the Command appeals to parents, guardians, community and religious leaders to warn their wards and proteges against being used by those it described as ‘merchants of anarchy.’
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, Ngozi Onadeko 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 complement 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 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.”