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The Ogun state Police command on Monday , says it had released no fewer than 27 protesters following the order by the governor of the state, Dapo Abiodun .
The police however cleared the air over an allegation that three protesters that vandalised deputy governor, Noimot Salako-Oyedele’s official vehicle have been jailed for life .
The command said the three hoodlums that distrusted the Owu Day festival on Saturday before they allegedly broke the windshield of the deputy governor’s vehicle were on Monday taken to court and have been remanded into a correctional center .
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state ,Abimbola Oyeyemi said this in a statement on Monday .
Oyeyemi said there had been a rumour that the police command had orchestrated life jail of the three hoodlums .
He described the rumour as a calculated attempt against police and a false information .
It was gathered that some agitators have acussed the police in the state of masterminding life jail for three protesters after it released others as instructed by the state governor, Dapo Abiodun .
Oyeyemi said “the attention of Ogun State police command has been drawn to news circulating on social media that the three persons arrested for causing violence during the recent #ENDSARS# protests in Ogun State have been jailed for life.
“The Command wishes to state that the information is not true and it is a calculated attempt to instigate members of the public against the police.”
“The truth of the matter is that the three people were amongst those protesters who violently disrupted the annual Owu day celebration at the Olowu’s palace on Saturday 10th of October 2020.
“In the course of which they vandalized public properties and injured one command’s police Sergeant on duty at the palace.”
Oyeyemi said no fewer than 27 protesters earlier arrested by police had been released following the directive of the state governor .
The PPRO added “to give peace a chance, 27 other persons arrested from other parts of the State including the defunct SARS office were released by the Command yesterday 11/10/2020 regardless of the fact that two of our policemen injured by the protesters are in critical condition in the hospitals.
“The three men who caused the disturbance at the Olowu palace were arraigned today(Monday) at Isabo magistrate court Abeokuta from where they were taken to a correctional center pending when their bail conditions will be perfected.
“It is therefore, not true that those arraigned have been jailed for life as falsely being circulated on social media.
” The information is an outright falsehood from those criminal elements who want to continue to disturb the peace in Ogun State by all means.
“All the good people of the State should be wary of these antics and never allow these individuals with ulterior motives to destabilize the State.”