The Oyo State Commissioner of Police, CP Shina Olukolu has warned hoodlums and criminal elements in the state to steer clear or face the wrath of the law.
The Police boss gave the warning at the command Headquarters, Eleyele Ibadan on Wednesday while parading 18 suspects in connection with alleged arm robbery, impersonation, possession of human skull and hijacking a tanker loaded Premium Motor Spirit (PMS).
According to him, the command also recovered 19 firearms, 24 tricycles, one human skull and a vehicle from the suspect, adding that they mopped up 162 ammunition and 131 cartridges in the state.
CP Olukolu said the few weeks of his leadership in the command has been relatively peaceful coupled with the ongoing electioneering process which will be conducted this saturday, March,9, 2019.
“The command has not lost sight of its constitutional role of protecting lives and property inspite of the on going general elections”.This is going to be my second of its kind since I was deployed to Oyo State Police Command.
“In the course of our engagement with unscrupulous elements within the state, some hoodlums were arrested recently with exhibits recovered from them” we shall continue to engage them as the situation arises.
“No society is crime free but we will continue to deal with the situation as they arise and arrest those involved in the crime and we will also ensure peaceful conduct of the governoship and House of Assembly elections in the state on saturday.
“We warn those committing crime to desist from such act and remember that crime does not pay,’’ Olukolu said.
According to CP Olukolu, the police is always ready to give the best and go after criminals as long as the public would cooperate with it.
The police boss promised to ensure a peaceful and violence-free Governorship and House of Assembly elections in the state.
Among the suspects paraded by the police was a notorious gang which specialised in hijacking truck conveying petroleum products, a gang which specialised in burglary and stealing, among others.
The commissioner said that the command was tipped that the gang was sighted on the Ibadan/Lagos Expressway hijacking a tanker loaded with 33,000 litres of petrol (PMS) to their Soka area hideout in Ibadan on March 2 at about 7:00am.“Sequel to this information, a team of operatives swung into action and in the process one member of the criminal gang was arrested.
“He confessed that one other member of the gang nicknamed “Action’’ who is still at large brought the product to him.
“The hijacked PMS had been siphoned into 16 drums and 12 kegs while the truck had been taken to an unknown destination,’’ Olukolu said.
He said that the products recovered from the hideout of the suspects had been transferred to Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) office at Dugbe, saying that all the suspects would be charged to court as soon as investigation was concluded.