Ogun Police Commissioner spits fire

The new Ogun State Police Commissioner, Ahmed Illiyasu, who resumed yesterday, had given a hint of what lay ahead when he threatened a showdown with militants and other criminals in the state. The commissioner, who spoke during the handing over ceremony by the immediate past Commissioner of Police, AIG Abdulmajid Ali, in Abeokuta, disclosed that the command had already made tactical deployment of policemen to the affected areas to flush out the militants.
He said: “These people (militants) are hoodlums and already a very detailed report had been written and studied on them. We have made tactical and covert deployment of our men to flush them out of that place. “Several operations are going to be carried out and the process has begun. We are assuring the people of their safety. “We want to raise the security we met to the next level. We want to make the state safer and more secured than ever before.”
Reacting to the development, Defence Headquarters, Abuja, said there was no aerial bombardment of the Arepo because of the critical infrastructure which involved oil and gas pipelines playing pivotal services to the nation’s economy. Acting Director of Defence Information, Brig-General Rabe Abubakar, who gave the clarification last night, however, said what happened was that the military and security agencies, in a joint operation code named Operation Awathe, under the Command of the Defence Headquarters, carried out a normal security operation to wipe out pipeline vandals and oil and gas criminals bent on sabotaging the economic assets of the nation.He noted that there was no way the military could have bombarded the area because of the environmental damage that would also be inflicted on the area.
Abubakar said: “Arepo is of critical importance to the nation and the infrastructure on ground has cost the nation huge resources to put in place. It is true we have received complaints and petitions about the activities of vandals and criminals causing problems and destroying pipelines and siphoning crude.“But the military did not and cannot bomb the critical economic infrastructure in place there.”


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