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Oyo State Police Command has beef up security apparatus in the state ahead proposed protest by some concerned Nigerians over the economic hardship occasioned by the removal of fuel subsidy and exchange rate.

The proposed protest as gathered was scheduled to take place in major streets of Ibadan metropolis on Monday 19th  February, 2024.

Reacting to the development through a press statement, the state Police Public Relations Officer, SP Adewale Osifeso noted that the state police command has emplaced prompt and adequate measures to prevent any possible breakdown of law and order.

A copy of the statement made available to Naijanewshub in Ibadan, the capital city of the state, noted that the State Police Command wishes to inform members of the public  particularly residents of Oyo State that it has emplaced prompt and adequate measures to prevent any possible breakdown of law and order in the State as a result of plans by faceless agents of mischief to spark up

chaos via protests in the State commencing tomorrow, Monday 19/2/2024 within the Capital.”

“The statement further stressed that 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.”

“Osifeso maintained that 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 proteges against being used by agents of anarchy who would 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 in a bid to reassure them of the Command’s unwavering commitments 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 immediately do something.”

“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 I phone users.”

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