By Richard Thomas, Ibadan
The Oyo State Commissioner of Police, Ngozi Onadeko has described as baseless and unfounded the rumour that some herders stormed some communities in the state leading to the closure of schools and business activities.
The Police boss in a statement made available by the command’s Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Adewale Osifeso said the rumour mill also span towards Ido Local Government Area, sharing boundaries with Ibarapa North and East Local government where some strangers in their numbers allegedly believed to be herders stormed the community, leading to closure of schools and business activities.
According to the statement, following the rumour, the Commissioner of Police in due diligence had hitherto deployed intelligence assets across the nooks and crannies of the state especially those areas reportedly troubled, which in turn has produced facts that negates the above assertions.
“Attention of the command was drawn to series of baseless assertions making the rounds, suggesting the influx of suspected herders into the State with specific references to Akinyele, Ona-Ara, Oluyole, Monatan, Akobo and Egbeda areas where series of gunshots were allegedly heard at different times.
“Consequent upon this, Oyo State Police Command refuted the unfounded tales, aimed at promoting panic, apprehension and instigating violence in the state,” the statement added.
While assuring the citizens that the security architecture of the state remains undisputedly firm and fortified with various security upgrades, the police commissioner enjoined members of the public to desist from the act of promulgating unverified news, which could result to counterproductive measure in the course of birthing a peaceful Oyo state of our collective dreams.