By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
The Osun State Police Command has urged members of the public to disregard the viral picture circulating online regarding a man carrying an AK-47 rifle amidst protesters in Osogbo on Tuesday.
The Commissioner of Police in the State, Olawale Olokode in a statement issued on Thursday in Osogbo by the command’s spokesperson, Yemisi Opalola said the information was untrue and deliberately penned not only to hit the body of police, but to also misguide and confuse the general public.
It would be recalled that suspected internet fraudsters otherwise known as ‘Yahoo-boys’ staged a protest against arrest by the operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) from Ibadan.
The protesters set bonfire and blocked roads to express their displeasure over the arrest of some suspected Internet fraudsters which hindered the vehicular movement and disrupted the daily activities of law-abiding citizenry.
Olokode said that the young man referred to in the viral picture in mufti was one of the policemen hurriedly deployed for the Swift response operation.
Part of the statement reads: “The attention of the Commissioner of Police, CP Olawale Olokode has been drawn to the news trending in the social media that one of the protesters who willingly and unlawfully distrupted the PEACE and tranquility of Osogbo was seen with AK 47 rifle.
“Ordinarily, the Commissioner of Police wouldn’t have dignified the Writers with a reply but due to the sensitivity and the nature of the incident, it has become absolutely necessary not only to refute the story but to also set the records straight and douse the attendant fear and apprehension.
“The Commissioner of Police in order not to degenerate into chaos promptly waded into the situation before it will snowball to anarchy.
“Therefore, the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) Dugbe Division in the State capital swiftly mobilized some Policemen who were off duty to increase the number of men deployed for that duty.
“The young man referred to in mufti was one of the policemen hurriedly deployed for the Swift response operation.”