Ibadan Crisis: IGP deploys intervention, stabilization forces
By Olubunmi Osoteku, Ibadan
The Inspector General of Police, IGP, Muhammed Adamu, NPM, has ordered the immediate deployment of Police Intervention and Stabilization Forces to Oyo State to reclaim the public space, reinforce security and foster public confidence in the areas affected by the recent crisis in the state.
Crisis had started at Shasha Market, in the Akinyele Local Government Area of the state, on Thursday, following a misunderstanding between Yoruba and Hausa traders in the market.
Many shops and houses in the market had been burned in the area during the crisis as security agencies have taken over the axis.
The deployments, consisting largely of intelligence and operational assets of the Force, include four (4) Units of the Police Mobile Force (PMF), seasoned operatives from the Force Intelligence Bureau and one (1) operational/surveillance Police helicopter from the Police Air-wing Department.
The Intervention Force is charged with the responsibility of reinforcing and stabilizing security in the state, preventing further breakdown of law and order, protecting lives and properties and ultimately enhancing public safety and general security in the state.
The Intervention Force is being coordinated by a Deputy Inspector General of Police, DIG David Folawiyo, mni, who is expected to mobilize all relevant stakeholders towards achieving the mandate of the squad.
The IGP assured citizens that the Force is committed to the safety of lives and properties of the citizens in the country.
Adamu called on the citizens and residents of Oyo State and other Nigerians to embrace peace and cooperate with the Police and the security community as they redouble their efforts at ensuring that sustainable peace and security are restored to the affected areas.