Demolished site

By Kehinde Akinpelu, Ilorin

The Kwara State Police Command has denied any involvement in the demolition of the late Dr Olusola Saraki’s charity home, Ile Arugbo.

The police in a statement by the command’s spokesman, Ajayi Okasanmi (DSP) said it was shocking to the Commissioner of Police to hear the news of policemen shooting life ammunitions and firing teargas canisters at the scene of a demolition exercise.

The statement reads: “The Command wishes to respond to the news making the rounds in Kwara State and beyond, to the effect that Kwara State Police Command took active part in the demolition of the property referred to as Ile-Arugbo along Iloffa road, GRA, Ilorin.

Bukola Saraki

“The Command wishes to make it clear that as part of its safety and crime prevention strategies in ensuring a hitch-free celebrations during the Christmas and the New Year festivities; Police patrol vans were stationed at strategic points across the state, including Iloffa road GRA,Ilorin on the 31/12/2019 being the new year eve.

“As was witnessed by all and sundry, the Christmas and new year celebrations were generally peaceful throughout the state. Our anti-crime deployment during this period has nothing to do with any demolition exercise in the state.

Kwara Governor

“It is therefore shocking to the Commissioner of Police to hear the news of policemen shooting life ammunitions and firing teargas canisters at the scene of a demolition exercise.

“For the purpose of emphasis, the Command wishes to immediately dispel the insinuations that the men reported to have been firing indiscriminately during the demolition exercise were deployed by the Kwara State Police Command.

Late Olusola Saraki

“No policeman was deployed by the command for any demolition exercise anywhere in the state and no policeman deployed for anticrime duties during the Christmas and New Year celebrations fired a single shot of ammunition or canister during this period.

“Consequently, the Commissioner of Police, kwara state Ag. CP Kayode Egbetokun has immediately directed a full-scale investigation into this allegation with a view to determining the veracity of this report.

Kwara CP

“The Command hereby for the umpteen time wishes to reiterate the irrevocable commitment of the Commissioner of Police to principles of fairness, justice and the rule of law while making police service available and accessible to the people of Kwara state, please”, the police said.

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