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Police arrest miscreants warehousing arms for fuel, cash protests in Ibadan

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Oyo police command explained that it has apprehended some suspected miscreants for allegedly warehousing in the state to cause violence amid naira notes and fuel scarcity.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Adebowale Williams, said this during a security gathering on Friday in Ibadan to create calm atmosphere occasioned by scarcity of fuel and new naira notes.

The gathering was attended by heads of sister security agencies, officials of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Independent Petroleum Marketers Association (IPMAN), Association of POS Operators, market leaders, traditional rulers and religious leaders.

Williams maintained that the command had foisted moves by some hoodlums to cause rampage in Ibadan, saying that some of them admitted smuggling arms into the state.

He furthered that it is the function of the police to maintain law and order.

Willams said that some individuals abused the right to peaceful protests and assembly to cause social unrest in the state.

He thereby charged all stakeholders to cooperate with security agencies, stressing that the police and other security agencies would not fail in their duty of maintaining law and order.

“It is important to reiterate that attacks on policemen and other law enforcement agents shall not be tolerated.

“All stakeholders in Oyo State must say ‘no’ to the agents of disintegration in our midst and continue maintaining our renowned reputation of a state with a relatively peaceful ambience,” he said.

Speaking at the occasion, the CBN Controller in the state, Foluke Oluduro, charged the public to be calm on the issue of scarcity of the new naira notes.

Oluduro insisted that CBN would ensure that the the circulation of the redesigned naira in the country.

She said that the introduction of the new naira was not aimed at causing hardship for the masses but improving the nation’s economy.

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