Daud Olatunji, Abeokuta
The Inspector-General of Police Committee on EndSARS Protest Damage Assessment on Sunday inspected police facilities damaged in Ogun State during the violence and looting nationwide.
The IGP team led by a Commissioner of Police, Abutu Yaro, inspected Atan-Ota Divisional Headquarters in Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government Area of the state.
The station was razed by the arsonists after a Divisional Crime Officer attached to the state Police Command, Augustine Ogbeche, was murdered.
Also, a Divisional Police Officer, Sikiru Olugbenga, sustained injuries, while two police stations – Oba/Oko, near Abeokuta and Atan-Ota, were vandalised, in separate attacks.
The leader of the IGP team who was flanked by other senior police officers from Ogun Command and the Olu of Atan-elect, Isiyemi Akinyemi Adeniji, assessed the level of damage to the Atan – Ota police division.
The team inspected the damaged structures and the eight vehicles vandalised, including a vehicle of border patrol kept within the station for safekeeping.
Speaking with newsmen, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Abimbola Oyeyemi, denied reports that police are off their duty post, saying the force could not afford to expose residents to insecurity.
Oyeyemi said, “We are back on our duty. It is not possible for us to expose members of the public to insecurity. Despite what happened police are back on duty and members of the communities are making efforts to make sure that they put all the facilities that were damaged in place. We are back on duty. Our men are not off the road. Far from it.
“If you noticed yesterday (Saturday) across the state, you will see that we embarked on convoy patrol across the state. That is to boost confidence in members of the public that police are to protect them.
“We are assuring them that we are not taking their security for granted. Our members are back on duty and we are not going to expose members of the public to insecurity. We are duty-bound to protect life and property. We are not going to shy away from our responsibility.
“Whatever happened is one of the hazards of the job. And we have taken it as such.”