Hoodlums under the guise of protest on Wednesday attacked Atan-Ota police station located in Ado-Odo/Ota of Ogun State, setting the station ablaze and murdered the Divisional Crime Officer, Augustine Ogbeche in cold blood.
Penpushing reports that, Ogun State Command Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi who confirmed the incident lamented that the hitherto peaceful protest embarked upon by youths across State is unfortunately taking a dangerous violent dimension as some elements with ulterior motives now using the opportunity to commit all sorts of heinous crimes.
‘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’
Penpushing further reports that, Oyeyemi said the hoodlums also inflicted serious injury on the DPO, SP Sikiru Olugbenga whose whereabout is yet unknown as at the time he used statement to the journalists, adding that. in Abeokuta, some groups of boys attacked Obada-Oko divisional headquarters and vandalized it.
‘In view of this, the Commissioner of Police Ogun State Command is appealing to the youths to eschew violence and embrace peace as violence will do no one good. He is equally appealing 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’, he said.
The statement said, the youths are reminded that since the commencement of the protests the police have been nice and civil to them even when some of ‘our men were injured and our stations damaged’.
‘We even went ahead and released all the 36 suspects we arrested. 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.