The Oyo State Police command has debunk the recent robbery attack at Yidi area, Apete published in some of the Nigerian newspapers few days ago.
According to a release by Police Public Relation Officer Gbenga Fadeyi, contrary to the contents of the story and its narratives, the publications was an apparent deliberate twist of the account of events to create sensation and panic as opposed to the time tested and respected ethics of the profession which will dampen the spirit of the hard working officers and men of the Nigeria Police, Oyo State Command.
He explained that there was a distress call at about 0200hrs of 21st May, 2020 to the Divisional Police Headquarters, Apete, Ibadan from Jemade Street, Yidi Area, Apete Ibadan that some unspecified number of hoodlums had forcefully entered into a dwelling house with an intent to steal. Consequent upon this, the Police Patrol Team attached to the Division was alerted and deployed to the scene.
“On arrival, some members of the Vigilante group in the community were met on ground and they explained to the Police Personnel that the hoodlums had succeeded in dispossessing a woman of her Techno Android phone and at the sight of security agents; they fled the scene to evade being arrested.”
The release disclosed that the Divisional Police Officer, (DPO) Apete led a team of Police detectives/Patrol team to the community for an on the spot assessment/ facts finding which revealed a fresh development that aside from the woman that allegedly lost her phone, six persons believed to be students of The Polytechnic, Ibadan living in the area also lost their phones in the overnight incident including Najeem Raheem a deputy photo editor of Guardian newspaper who is also a resident of the same area who allegedly alerted the police control room of the incident.
It stated that Mr Raheem denied vehemently the contents of the Newspaper account adding that the purported story that his wife sustained machete cut on her hand and his son Faruk was hit with a rod, which made him faint was not the case, but that it was his wife that lost her handset while he Najeem escaped the attack.
The release added that as part of efforts to reassure the Community of their safety, the Divisional Police Office, (DPO) was directed to convene security meeting with the community members and their leaders including the Chairman, the executives and the Vigilante group in the area where strategies had been mapped out and adopted to prevent a re-occurrence of such incident in the future.