By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
The Commissioner of Police, Osun State Command, Mr. Olawale Olokode has warned residents of Igbaye in Odo-Otin Local Government Area of the state to desist from causing mayhem in respect of the arrest made concerning the chieftaincy dispute in the community.
A statement signed by the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Yemisi Opalola, a copy of which was obtained by WesternPost in Osogbo on Thursday urged residents of the community to give peace a chance and advice all aggrieved members/parties to toe the path of peace by seeking redress in the court of law.
The statement reads in part: ” The intelligence that availed the police Command revealed underground/nocturnal plans by some residents of Igbaye to cause mayhem in respect of arrest made concerning the chieftaincy dispute in the community.
“The Commissioner of Police, Olawale Olokode, wishes to set the record straight that, on 27/12/2021, a distress call was received by Okuku Division that, there was a breakdown of law and order during the carnival organized by the Onigbaye of Igbaye which led to loss of life, arson, destruction of properties and maiming of some residents.
“Immediately the Police received the report, Police detectives from Okuku Division and other Tactical squads swung into action and arrested some suspects/hoodlums alleged to have carried out the nefarious act.
“The CP wishes to state categorically that the crisis has no religious undertone or colouration. Therefore, CP urges residents of the community to give peace a chance and advice all aggrieved members/parties to toe the path of peace by seeking redress in the court of law.
“Osun State Police Command, therefore, urged members of the community to be tolerant and not jeopadise the peaceful environment currently being enjoyed in the state.
“Consequently, the CP sternly warns residents of Igbaye to desist from such plan as the State Police Command will do all within its constitutional powers to arrest and prosecute anyone found culpable.”