Ahead Of The Planned Monday Protests In Oyo State, Police Heighten Security

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The Oyo State Police Command has heightened security measures to prevent any possible breakdown of law and order in the State because of plans by “faceless” agents of mischief to spark up chaos via protests in the State commencing tomorrow, Monday 19th February 2024 within the capital.

In a statement on Sunday, 18th February 2024 signed by the Oyo State Police Public Relations Officer, SP. Adewale Osifeso said that while the command respects the right of citizens to a peaceful procession, it is sacrosanct to guide against any violation of public order as Law enforcement must be carried along to chart the course of the procession in a conscious bid to protect the lives and property.

The statement read, “Worthy of mention is that the Oyo State Police Command was never approached and is yet to be approached by any individual or group in this regard.

“Consequent upon the above, the organisers through their actions and most importantly inactions would be opening a portal for unscrupulous elements to hijack the process, thus escalating the situation into full-scale chaos which might in turn, lead to attacks on places of critical interests within the Capital.

“To this end, parents, guardians, and leaders of all degrees of influence are to prevail on their children, wards and protegees against being used by agents of anarchy who want to take undue advantage of the situation to destroy the relative peace enjoyed in the State.

“Likewise, residents would witness high-octane patrols in major parts of the city to reassure them of the Command’s unwavering commitment towards their safety.

“Lastly, the good people of Oyo State are advised to go about their businesses without any fear of harassment or molestation and as well, “say something, if they see something, for the Police to do something immediately.”

“In cases of emergency, the Command can always be reached through these emergency control room numbers: 615 (toll-free) (Oyo State Security Trust Fund), and Oyo State Police Command emergency line, 08081768614. The NPF Rescue Me app is also available for free download on both Android and Apple IOS, for Android and iPhone users respectively.