The Oyo State Police Command wishes to inform members of the public to stay calm and maintain peace even amidst pockets of protest that have emanated at different parts of the metropolis over hike in fuel pump price and unavailability of cash for dispense at ATM machines and Point of sales Terminal especially within the Capital.
In a Press statement referenced REF.NO: AZ: 5250/OY/PPRO/ VOL.6/169 dated 3rd February, 2023, signed by SP. Adewale Osifeso,
Oyo State Police Command Public Relations Officer,
stated, that “…available intelligence reveals that certain unscrupulous elements have perfected plans to hijack the process, escalating the shortage of cash situation into full scale chaos by shutting down and attacking places of interest which includes but not limited to INEC facilities, Banks, Media houses, Schools, Correctional Centers and other critical infrastructures inclusive of looting major malls and business centers within the State.
“Member of the public are hereby advised especially with reference to the youth segment to avoid being used by agents of violence who want to capitalize on the situation to criminally enrich themselves especially as we navigate towards the 2023 General Elections as the Command is fully prepared to mobilize fully to prevent these criminal elements from turning Oyo State into their Playground.
Consequent on the above, residents would witness high octane Patrols in concert with relevant sister security agency all in a bid to heighten the level of confidence of residents and as well reassure them of the commitments of the Oyo State Police Command at providing comprehensive security for all residents in the State.
SP Adewale, advised the good people of Oyo State to go about their businesses without any fear of harassment or molestation as the relative tranquility within the state cannot be negotiated with unscrupulous and criminal elements
The PPRO, revealed emergency numbers of the Command that members of the public use to reach the police through the control room. The number are : 615 (toll free) (OYO STATE SECURITY TRUST FUND), and Oyo State Police Command emergency lines 07055495413 and 08081768614.
“The NPF rescue me app is also available for free download on both Android and Apple IOS, for Android and I phone users respectively.” He said.