The Police Command of Oyo State has acknowledged and applauded the officers of Amotekun for their efforts in easing the tension created by the onslaught of hoodlums who served terror to residents of Aderogba and Bere area of Ibadan.
The hoodlums laid siege Aderogba community late on Thursday night ransacking shops, burning a building and a shop, prompting shop owners and residents to flee the area.
Olugbenga Fadeyi, the Oyo State Police Public Relations Officer, in a statement reacting to the attack noted that efforts of security agents extinguished the tension in the area, adding that the hoodlums were given hot pursuit and a locally made gun was found on one of them.
The statement read, “Hoodlums from these areas came out in the early hours of Thursday, 29th January 2021 in their usual manner with dangerous weapons to loot shops and set up bonfires. A house and about two shops were looted.
“The swift response of police patrol teams doused tension and the hoodlums were dislodged. Routine patrols were intensified to forestall further attacks and lootings.
“Sequel to this, at about 8:15 pm, the hoodlums from Aderogba area came out again attempted to vandalize and loot shops at Beyeruka/ Ogbori Efon areas. Police patrol teams and that of Amotekun were drafted to the area. During the hot chase by the teams, a cut-to-size Dane gun was recovered from one of the hoodlums while bonfires set up were put out. The hoodlums thereafter fled the scene.”
”Constant routine patrols have been intensified in those areas and normalcy restored. The police are on the trail of these hoodlums to get them arrested and carry out prosecution accordingly.”
Meanwhile, some head of families (Mogajis) who visited the scene of the attack on Friday charged residents of the area to work together with security agencies for better security in the vicinity.
The Mogaji Adanla, Abduljelyl Adekunle Karheem, led other mogajis to sympathize with the residents of the area also pleaded with the youths in the area against any revenge attack.
He stated, “Security agencies need to do more and the people also need to collaborate with them for better security. They should have the telephone numbers of security agencies. If they had numbers of relevant security agencies, the response would have been faster and the attack would have been stopped quickly.”