End SARS: Stop killing us, please – police beg protestors

End SARS: Stop killing us, please – police beg protestors

The Ogun State Police Command has called on the State’s End SARS demonstrators to stop killing and maiming police officers.

In the name of expressing their complaints, the police even begged the angry young people to stop targeting police stations.

The Ogun police spokesman, Abimbola Oyeyemi, on behalf of the State Police Commissioner, Edward Ajogun, made this appeal on Wednesday.

“The previous peaceful protest by young people across Ogun has taken on a dangerous and violent dimension, according to Oyeyemi, adding” some people with ulterior motives are now using the opportunity to commit all kinds of heinous crimes.

It was also reported by Oyeyemi when he said, “Early this morning, the demonstrators went to Atan-Ota and set the police station on fire there; and then Augustine Ogbeche was killed in cold blood by the D.C.O, DSP.” In the meantime, a civilian also died when some weapons were being taken away.

He said they also inflicted serious injuries on the DPO, SP Sikiru Olugbenga, whose whereabouts, he said, is yet unknown. Oyeyemi confirmed further that some group of boys attacked Obada-oko divisional headquarters in Abeokuta and vandalized it.

“In view of this, the Commissioner of Police Ogun State Command is appealing to the youths to eschew violence and embrace peace as the violence will do no one good.

“He is equally appealing 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,”.

Oyeyemi reminded the youths that since the commencement of the protests, the police in Ogun have been nice and civil to them, even when some of the officers were injured and stations damaged; saying, “We even went ahead and released all the 36 suspects we arrested.”

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Pleading for understanding, the PPRO said, “if in the course of handling the protests anybody feels offended we plead for understanding and not retaliatory measures including killing and maiming policemen or burning and damaging of police stations.”

He assured that the command will ensure that justice is served to any aggrieved person.

“Please and please, let us continue to embrace peace rather than violence. The Command sincerely appeals to the youths. Parents and guardians are also enjoined to help rein in their children and wards.”

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