The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, deployed four units of riot policemen to parts of Oyo State following outbreak of violence, including the killings of farmers by suspected herdsmen, abductions and the clashes between some Hausa and Yoruba traders at Shasha market.
Force spokesman, CP Frank Mba, disclosed this in a statement on Monday, titled, ‘Oyo crisis: IGP deploys intervention and stabilization forces,’ saying the operatives would reclaim the public space, reinforce security and bolster public confidence in the areas affected by the crisis.
The intervention and stabilization forces also include the Force Intelligence Bureau operatives and one surveillance helicopter from the police airwing department.
The statement read in part, “The deployments, consisting largely of intelligence and operational assets of the Force, include four units of the Police Mobile Force, seasoned operatives from the Force Intelligence Bureau and one operational/surveillance police helicopter from the police Air-wing department.
“The intervention force is being coordinated by a Deputy Inspector General of Police, David Folawiyo, who is expected to mobilize all relevant stakeholders towards achieving the mandate of the squad.”
The statement added that the IGP is committed to the safety of the lives and properties of the citizens in the country urging the citizens and residents of Oyo State and other Nigerians to embrace peace and cooperate with the police and the security community.