The Osun State Police Command has reacted to a picture trending on the social media which shows a man carrying AK47 riffle during the protest in Osogbo on Tuesday.
AMILOADED had earlier reported that some youths in the State on Tuesday took to the major streets/round about of Osogbo, set bonfire and blocked roads to express their displeasure over the arrest of some suspected Internet fraudster popularly refer to as “Yahoo boys” by EFCC operatives from Ibadan, Oyo State
It was gathered the EFCC operatives sneaked into the state capital to arrest suspected fraudsters but were waylaid on their way out after arresting some suspects and seized about 20 exotic cars.
The operatives, it was gathered, had to run for safety to avoid being mobbed by the angry youths, who set bonfire at Lameco junction in the state capital.
However, speaking on the viral picture which shown a man carrying AK47 riffle during the protest, the Osun state Commissioner of Police, CP Olawale Olojode in a statement on Thursday afternoon by the spokesperson of the State Police Command, SP Opalola Yemisi, identified the young man referred to in mufti as one of the policeman who was hurriedly deployed for the Swift response operation.
The Police Boss urged the residents of the state and members of the public to disregard the information that the man was one of the protesters.
According to the statement, “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.
“You will recall that on Tuesday 18th May, 2021 at about 0600 hours, some youths in the State took to the major streets/round about of Osogbo, sets bonfire and blocked roads to express their displeasure over the arrest of some suspected Internet fraudster popularly refer to as “Yahoo boys” by EFCC operatives from Ibadan, Oyo State which hindered the vehicular movement and disrupted the daily activities
of law abiding citizenry.
“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.
“In the light of the foregoing, the Commissioner of Police urges the members of the public to disregard the information as untrue and deliberately penned not only to hit the body of police, but to also misguide and confuse the general public.
“At this juncture, the Commissioner of Police enjoins the good people of the state in particular, to continue partnering with the State Police Command in order to protect and serve them better, shun every act that can result into violence and thereby jeopardize the existing peace in the State.”