The Oyo State Police Command has appealed to residents of the state to remain calm, following as the crisis that happened in Igangan, Ibarapa North Local Government Area on Friday.
The Commissioner of Police, Mrs Ngozi Onadeko, made the appeal in a statement issued by the command’s spokesperson, Mr Olugbenga Fadeyi, on Sunday.
Onadeko vowed that those responsible for the arson and other criminal activities in the town would be apprehended and brought to justice.
Recall that there was a crisis in Igangan on Friday after the visit of a Yoruba activist, Chief Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho, to the town.
Some youths in the town were said to have set ablaze some properties and the Inspector- General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, ordered that Igboho should be arrested and brought to Abuja.
According to the statement, a police officer was injured while discharging his duty during the mob action.
The statement read in part: “Sadly, the relative peace and calmness, being enjoyed, due to the visibility patrols of the security agencies were truncated by the visit of Sunday Igboho to Igangan, at about 1630hrs on 22nd January 2021.
“The visit had culminated in a mob action by some youths in the town, who, armed with different types of weapons, embarked on arson and a breach of peace. In the process, grievous hurt was committed against one of the police officers, while discharging his statutory duties.
“The commissioner of police will like to reiterate that the security agencies will not watch while some criminal elements take laws into their hands.
“Investigation into the arson and the breach of the peace, which occurred at Igangan will be investigated to logical conclusion and culprits shall be brought to justice.”