By Olaleye Aluko

The Oyo State Police Command says it has arrested two principal suspects in connection with the murder of a Divisional Police Officer in the Adekile, Orita Aperin area of Ibadan.

It had been reported on Friday that violence erupted in the area on Wednesday, April 1, when residents claimed to have uncovered a kidnappers’ den, and decided to set the identified buildings ablaze.

The DPO, who reportedly came from the Agugu Police Division with his
officers to restore normalcy, was allegedly wounded by rampaging thugs in the area and died shortly after.

Our correspondent, who visited the area on Thursday, had observed how hundreds of youths gathered at the uncompleted buildings, which had an underground section, to loot and raze them.

The Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Adekunle Ajisebutu, said on
Saturday that two suspects had been arrested over the murder, while
the police had kept patrol in the area to ensure normalcy.

He said, “We have arrested two principal suspects in connection with the incident. Some other arrests are ongoing. A high-powered team has also been set up by the Commissioner of Police to investigate the
incident. The death of our DPO is confirmed.

“The command has beefed up security in the area to forestall any breakdown of law and order. We are still patrolling the area, and normalcy has been restored.”

Earlier on Thursday, the Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, and the state Commissioner of Police, Muhammed Katsina, were at the scene of the incident to assess the extent of damage done by the hoodlums.

The CP, who conducted the governor round the area, had told newsmen that he would ensure that the perpetrators of the violence were brought to book.

“I advise the residents of this area to produce those hoodlums who
perpetrated this act. We are going to get them. There is no hiding place for these elements,” he said.

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