The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Adamu has ordered immediate deployment of Police Intervention and Stabilization Forces to Oyo State to reclaim the public space, reinforce security and bolster public confidence in the areas affected by the recent crisis in the State.
Scores have been killed many others evicted from their homes in the crisis that erupted recently at Shasa market in Ibadan, the state capital.
The deployment, according to the statement issued by the Force Public Relations Officer, CP Frank Mba, consists largely of intelligence and operational assets of the force including 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, Mba said is charged with the responsibility of reinforcing and stabilising 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.
He called on the citizens and residents of Oyo and other Nigerians to embrace peace and cooperate with the police and the security community as they redouble their efforts in ensuring that sustainable peace is restored in the affected areas.