THE Acting Assistant Inspector General of Police, Zone 11, Mr Kayode Akande, has directed the Commissioners of Police in Osun and Oyo states to commence investigations into the violent protests in some parts of the states as a result of the cash crunch.
Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) for the zonal command, Mr. Ayeni Benjamin, in a statement released on Tuesday, said the zone will soon clampdown on all criminals and miscreants who took advantage of the scarcity of cash to break into government and private properties.
Benjamin hinted that the zone has already commenced analysis on all the video given to it on violent protests in some areas.
He stressed that the zone will not allow miscreants to take over public space.
The PPRO disclosed further that the acting AIG has directed the Commissioners of Police in the zone to activate their Intelligence bureaus to start picking all the thugs and miscreants involved in the past violent protests.
This is just as the acting AIG has warned against any form of violence in Saturday’s elections, according to Benjamin.
Benjamin said the police boss advised parents and guardians to ensure that their children are kept under their custody during the election, noting that the police will deal ruthlessly with any individual who perpetrates violence before, during and after the elections.
He stated that the police are prepared to prevent the breakdown of law and order during the election.
“Violence has never helped any nation and it is never a solution to the problem confronting our nation.
“In view of the current situation in the country, people should remain calm and go about their legitimate businesses as the Zone will not allow the breakdown of law and order within its jurisdiction,” he stated.