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Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Youths Kill DSP, Burn Police Station In Ogun

... Also Break Into The Armoury And Carted Arms Away

From Ayobami Ife, Abeokuta

Angry youths on Wednesday invaded Atan-Ota area of Ogun State,  set the Divisional Police station  ablaze and subsequently murdered the Divisional Crime Officer(DCO)  Augustine Ogbeche, a Deputy Superintendent of Police(DSP).

A civilian also murdered by the mob in the morning attack  while some arms were carted away. 

A Divisional Police Officer, Sikiru Olugbenga, was not spared during the attack on the station. He was critically injured and his whereabout still remained unknown as of 6:00pm on Wednesday.

The youths equally disrupted socioeconomic activities while extorting people.

In Abeokuta, some groups of boys attacked Obada-Oko divisional headquarters and vandalized it while areas like Central Ibara road, Oke - Sokori among others were also blocked youths.

 The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Abimbola Oyeyemi, who confirmed the kling of the DSP, carting away of arms and burning station, quoted the Police Commissioner, Edward Ajogun, as appealing  to the youths to eschew violence and embrace peace.

Ajogun 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 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," Abimbola stated.

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