Police officer, civilian killed in Ogun, another missing

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The Ogun State police command says a Divisional Crime Officer,  at Atan Ota police station, Augustine Ogbeche was killed on Wednesday by suspected EndSARS protesters who stormed the station.

The State Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, disclosed this in a statement issued in Abeokuta.

Oyeyemi added that the Divisional Police Officer in the same station, Sikiru Olugbenga was also injured and his whereabout still unknown.

He further stated that a civilian was also killed in the melee, while the station was set ablaze.

Oyeyemi said it was quite worrisome that the hitherto peaceful protest embarked upon by youths across the state had taken a violent dimension.

He lamented some people with ulterior motives were using the opportunity to commit all sorts of heinous crimes.

However, Oyeyemi said the  State Commissioner of Police , Edward Ajogun has appealed  to the youths to eschew violence and embrace peace.

According to him, the CP has equally 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.

Also in Abeokuta, he said some groups of boys attacked Obada-Oko Divisional Headquarters and vandalised it.

Oyeyemi appealed to the the youths to be calm, as the police have been civil to them since the protests began, even when some of the policemen were injured and police stations were 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,” he said.

 

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