The Oyo state Police Commissioner Shina Olukolu psc have cautioned residents of the state on various persistent and panicky wide spread distress calls on non existing criminal activities in several communities across the state which is rampant in the night time in the State capital, Ibadan.
CP Olukolu in a release made available to journalists through the state Police Public Relation Officer Gbenga Fadeyi said the State Police Command is conscious, capable, ready and willing to carry out its constitutional responsibilities of the protection of lives and properties, maintenance of law and order and other extant laws in Oyo State.
“It is therefore the Commissioner of Police appeal to the entire peace loving and good people of Oyo State to be circumspect in their persistent unverified or non existent criminal activities and distress calls to the Police Command on a daily basis particularly at night time.”
“There is no doubt that some of the unpalatable and fear inducing, stories, videos and write ups they probably have seen/ watched on the social media, whatsapp platforms and the Newspapers may have psychologically being responsible for some of these unverified distress calls mainly burn out of fear.”
He noted that the persistency of such unverified distress calls have largely served as a distraction and thereby derailing the focus and the concentration of Security Agencies reaction to genuine victims who are actually in distress.
“In as much as the Commissioner of Police is very highly appreciative of the communal efforts, including that of the Vigilante Groups, the Hunters, Landlords, Youths and the entire citizenry efforts and collaboration to rid our society of criminal elements in our midst, but the introduction of panicky measures of burning tires on the roads which is a critical infrastructure, the firing intermittently of gun shots under the guise of scaring criminal elements away, the beating of the gates of neighbours in a bid to force them to join the Vigilante groups as well as the uncontrolled acquisition of dangerous weapons by individuals is an open invitation to anarchy, chaos and unprecedented, bastardisation of the security architecture.”
The statement appeal to all and sundry to be patient, show more understanding and get across to the security agencies via their EMERGENCY telephone numbers namely: 0705 5495 41, 0808 1768 614 and 615 (toll free) only when it is absolutely necessary.
It added that the telephone numbers are active and being attended to 24/7 i.e. on a daily basis for 24 hours. Hence, except where it becomes absolutely necessary, People are strongly advised to use these emergency numbers, rather than individual officers’ personal GSM numbers which are reserved for extreme cases.
CP Olukolu also observed the nonchalant concerns of many residents as to the reality of COVID-19 and the subsequent rules and regulations, medical advisories and curfew imposed on the State by Governor Seyi Makinde from 7pm to 6am.
He reiterate and remind people that COVID-19 is real and the need obey the rules and regulations and the medical advisories including the curfew imposed on the state.