Hoodlums attacked the Igangan police station in Oyo State in Nigeria. A civilian and a divisional crime officer are dead following the attack. According to some sources, another Divisional Police Officer (DPO) and a police inspector also sustained injuries during the attack and are currently receiving treatment at a hospital.
The Incident took place on Tuesday in the Oyo State in Nigeria, September 27, 2022.
According to sources, the Incident occurred because a driver refused to give money to police personnel at a checkpoint in the area. The eyewitness of the Incident narrated the Incident,
“A person from Igangan met some police personnel at a checkpoint in Iganna. The police officers were requesting money which the driver refused to give.
“The driver was then asked to show the documents of his vehicle, which resulted in a heated argument. The argument thus prompted the officer to point a gun at the driver.
A struggle broke out between the driver and the police officer. During the battle, the driver got shot in the leg. The officers then took him to the hospital.
“The driver being shot provoked the youth in the area, who attacked the police station,” the witness said.
SP Adewale Osifeso, Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the state, confirmed the attack.
He said that Adebowale William, the Commissioner of Police in Nigeria’s Oyo state, was determined to deal with the attack’s masterminds. The PPRO described the attack as unprovoked.
Osifeso said that the authorities had apprehended some of the attack’s perpetrators.
SP Adewale Osifeso states that according to the preliminary investigation, the officers were acting in accprdance with the stop-and-search directive on unregistered motorcycles and overcrowded pillions aimed to reduce the spate of robberies and abductions in the area.
“Officers of the command attached to Iganna Divisional Police Headquarters were attacked by hoodlums who were opposed not only to the directive but also to the relative tranquillity in the area.”
“Additionally, in agreement with their past actions and to drive home their point, the perpetrators attacked the officers without provocation. This attack led to the death of the divisional crime officer and a civilian in custody.
Another divisional police officer and a police inspector sustained several lacerations from machete cuts. They are being treated at a government medical hospital.
Osifeso stated that the commissioner of police had ordered full-scale investigations into the matter.