Don’t come to Ogun for protest, police warn students, others

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The Ogun Police Command has said it will not allow any group or persons to breach the peace currently being enjoyed in the state.

This warning was contained in a press statement signed by the Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi on Sunday.

Oyeyemi said the command has a reliable intelligence that some disgruntled elements were bent on disturbing public peace in parts of the state, starting from today Monday 14th September, 2020.

He said the command group had received a letter from a group of individuals who claimed to be executives of National Association of Nigerian Students South- West Zone D, led by one Kappo Samuel Olawale, allegedly given the Federal Government a five- day ultimatum to reverse the recent hike in fuel prices and electricity tariffs, threatening to unleash mayhem in Ogun State after the expiration of the ultimatum on Sunday 13th September 2020.

Oyeyemi said the command would not subscribe to this, claiming that it was coming less than a week when another peaceful protest held in Abeokuta in a designated venue by a section of NANS.

He said it was never preceded by threat of violence, including arrogance as in giving ultimatum to perpetrate violence.

Oyeyemi further noted that the so-called South-West chapter of NANS led by Olawale would have manifested good intention by joining the protest then.

The state Police spokesman noted that the planned protest for Monday “is part of their violence-oriented plans to block all major highways, including the Lagos-Ibadan and Lagos-Benin Expressways, recruit miscreants, street urchins, and hoodlums including expelled, suspended and perpetual students of tertiary institutions in Ogun State and other states in the South-West.”

He added that “the deliberate and selfishly designed violence-oriented protest planned for Monday 14th September, 2020, is not approved by the Ogun State Police Command, and will be resisted vehemently.

He advised Olawale and his group in their own interest to drop their plan to block any highway in the the state, and thereby cause confusion, disturbances and public apprehension, warning that the law is not on their side on this.

He said officers and men of the command have consequently be put on red alert in view if this unwarranted threat.

Oyeyemi advised members of the public to call the bluff of the group and go about their lawful businesses without fear of harm or molestation by any person, including Olawale and his cohorts.

 

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