Gunmen have attacked the Iganna Police Station in Oyo State’s Oke Ogun area on Tuesday night, murdering a Divisional Crime Officer (DCO) and a suspect who was being held in custody.
The Divisional Police Officer, DPO, an Inspector, and several suspects were reportedly on a danger list as a result of gunshot wounds, according to a top senior police officer who spoke candidly with Vanguard.
Adewale Osifeso, a Superintendent of Police, the state police public relations officer, verified the occurrence when contacted about it and added: “The Commissioner of Police, CP, is on his way to the place. As we speak, we are already at Oke Ogun. When we arrive, I will contact you again.
Meanwhile, the PPRO later released a statement explaining circumstances surrounding the attack.
The statement reads in part:
“Preliminary Investigation revealed that in compliance to the stop and search directives on unregistered motorcycles and overcrowded pillions to reduce the spate of robberies and abductions in the axis, operatives of the Command attached to Iganna Divisional Police Headquarters while on legitimate duties along Elejoka-Igangan road, Iwajowa LGA, were attacked by hoodlums who were clearly opposed not only to the directive but as well the relative tranquility in the axis”.
“In furtherance of the above, and in a bid to drive home their point, the officers were attacked unprovoked by the assailants thus leading to the death of the Divisional Crime Officer and a civilian in custody in the process of repelling the hoodlums from invading the Divisional Police Headquarters at Iganna after forcing themselves into the town”.
“Also, the Divisional Police officer and a Police Inspector sustained several lacerations from machete cuts and are currently being stabilized at a government medical hospital”
“Meanwhile the Commissioner of Police, Oyo State Police Command CP Adebowale Williams psc (+) fdc has ordered full scale investigations into the matter with the Deputy Commissioner of Police in Charge of the State Criminal Investigation Department leading the team”.
“An arrest has been made”.
“Updates would be provided accordingly, please”.