By Richard Thomas, Ibadan
The Commissioner of Police, Oyo State Command, CP Shina T. Olukolu psc(+) has warned all and sundry in the state that the police will not fold its arms and watch any group or individual causing chaos and lawlessness on the loving people of the state, a development that may lead to breakdown of law and order.
The police boss gave the warning at the instance of the lingering Local government leadership tussle in the state over some time.
In a press release: Re Lingering Local Government Administration Leadership Tussle in Oyo State: An Appeal For Caution Against Blood Shed, the CP also admonished all Stakeholders in the lingering Local Government chairmanship tussle in the State to reach deep and think deep to give peace a chance in the pacesetter state in order to give way to the socio-economic development of the state to thrive.
He warned against the subtle hint at digging deep by interests and the possible escalation which may entail the destruction of properties and bloodshed as the ultimate.
The CP in a statement through the command’s Police Public Relations Officer, (SP). Fadeyi Olugbenga with Reference No: AZ:5250/OY/PPRO/ VOL. 5/131, February 2nd, 2020, the professional handling of the delicate situation focused on the constitutional responsibilities of the Police in the area of protection of lives and properties is amongst others an effort at policing with an understanding of the environment and Humanness which is one of the hallmarks of community policing, saying It should therefore not be taken for granted.
“The stakeholders are therefore strongly advised to sheath their swords and give peace a chance. More so, as the absence of the staff of the Local Government in the office will not allow any of the contending interest to achieve any tangible or concrete developments in the prevailing circumstance.
“Consequently, chaos, bloodshed, lawlessness and destruction of properties or inflicting injuries on both sides will serve no purpose, but an avoidable loss of purposeful peace and tranquility for the entire peace-loving good people of Oyo State. A temporary euphoria, a fleeting victory that will not serve any other purpose than a pyrrhic victory that is not enduring and will disappear like the quicksand.”
He said the economic development, peace and tranquility should remain the focus of all the exemplary leaders, sons and daughters of Oyo State, as bloodshed and destruction is an ill-wind that will blow no one any good.
“In spite of the foregoing, the Command wishes to reiterate its belief in the capacity, ability and the exemplary leadership qualities of sons and daughters of the state to always find common ground with an enduring solution to their common differences as in the lingering case of chairmanship of Oyo State Local Government Areas.
“The law-abiding citizens are however enjoined to go about their lawful businesses without any fear, treat or intimidation from any group or individuals whatsoever.”