#EndSARS anniversary: Ondo police warn against destruction of property

The police command in Ondo State on Tuesday said it will not tolerate any breach of peace in the state or a repeat of the wanton destruction of government property that accompanied last year’s #EndSARS protests. 

The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Funmilayo Odunlami, who stated this in Okitipupa, headquarters of Okitipupa Local Government Area of the state said the command will not hesitate to use all lawful means to prevent some element from disrupting the existing peace enjoyed in the state. 

Odunlami, however, said the police had put in place tight security arrangements to forestall a breakdown of law and order in the state, noting that last year, the #EndSARS protest was hijacked by hoodlums. 

She said property worth millions of Naira were destroyed in Okitipupa local government but said the command would deploy security agents to all strategic locations within and outside the state to prevent a recurrence of the 2020 vandalism.

She listed property torched by the hoodlums to include, the Okitipupa Oil Palm Company (OOPC), police station, Local Government Secretariat, Court Annex housing the Customary, Magistrates’ and High Courts in Okitipupa among others 

She said: “We now have a good working relationship with residents of the state at large against any breakdown of law and order and destruction of government property.

“We will deploy our personnel to all areas within and outside the state, to ensure the security of lives and property.

“This is because we will not fold our hands and watch any wanton destruction of government property under any guise, or any repeat of last year’s #EndSARS protest.” 

She appealed to youths to look for alternative ways of pressing home for their demands without resorting to the destruction of government property.

Odunlami, however, urged parents and guardians to rein in their wards against taking part in any protest to destroy government property, saying anyone arrested would be made to face the full weight of the law.

 

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