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… Called on parents, Community leaders, traditional fathers to rein on their children.
The Commissioner of Police in Ogun state,CP Edward Ajogun has called on the protesters to embrace peace and stop the violence and arrassement of innocent people.
This was contained in a statement made available to news men by the Police Public Relation Officer in Abeokuta.
He said despite the attack on the police force,he would still call for peace as the protest have been hijacked by hoodlums.
CP Ajogun said,”Early this morning, the protesters went to Atan-ota and set the Police station there ablaze and subsequently murdered the D.C.O, Dsp Augustine Ogbeche in cold blood. A civilian also died in the process while some arms were carted away. They also inflicted serious injury on the DPO, SP Sikiru Olugbenga whose whereabout is yet unknown. Also in Abeokuta, some groups of boys attacked Obada-oko divisional headquarters and vandalized it.”
The Commissioner has appealed to the youths to eschew violence and embrace peace as violence will do no one good. He also appealed to traditional institutions, parents and other critical stakeholders to prevail on the youths to stop this carnage and give the government a chance to address the situation. The youths are reminded that since the commencement of the protests the police have been nice and civil to them even when some of their men were injured and stations damaged.
He added that,” We even went ahead and released all the 36 suspects we arrested during the earlier protest.However if in the course of handling the protests anybody feels offended we plead understanding and not retaliatory measures including killing and maiming policemen and burning and damaging police stations. We will ensure that justice is served any aggrieved person. Please and please let us continue to embrace peace rather than violence. The Command sincerely appeal to the youths. Parents and guardians are also enjoined to help rein in their children and wards.”