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The Ogun State police has threatened a clampdown on hoodlums attempting the destruction and looting of public and private properties in the state.
The command said it has resolved to protect law abiding citizens of the state as they go about their commercial engagement.
The Ogun State Police Public Relations officer, DSP. Abimbola Oyeyemi in a press release
expressed joy of a return to normalcy as commercial activities resumed in the state.
He however cautioned that peaceful protesters have left the street while those left are hoodlums and will be treated as such.
The release read in parts, “it is now obvious that responsible #Endsars protesters are no longer on the streets in the State. Hoodlums, brigands’ and miscreants alike, pretending to be #Endsars protesters, have taken over the space.
“They are targeting properties of government and private individuals for looting and destruction. They are also attacking police stations for arms. The Command will not fold its arms and allow this lawlessness to continue unchecked in the State.
“Law abiding citizens who are in majority have shown with the rising tempo of commercial activities in the State that they want to resume their social and economic activities.
“Therefore, since law is still working in Ogun State, we are determined to support them with law. Consequently,
“… the Command will no longer tolerate deliberate blocking of highways to impede free-flow of human and vehicular movements, molestation and extortion of innocent members of the public, arson, destruction of public and private buildings, looting, and setting bonfires on the roads. This will be resisted decisively.”
Abimbola thanked youths for being law abiding and shunning violence while showing their grievances during the #EndSARS protest.
He also thanked ‘traditional rulers, PCRC members, Youth leaders, religious clerics and others who helped in subduing violence even during heated protests.
He disclosed that ‘Obas and youths in Mowe, Ibafo, Obalende, Igbesa, and Ajuwon went the extra mile of helping to defend police stations in their communities by forming rings of human shields round them.’
The command also saluted the activism roles played by journalists during the protest while disassociating themselves from the ‘act of lawlessness and brigandage.’