The Oyo State Police Command says it is on the trail of members of a gang of hoodlums named One Million Boys, who have been terrorising residents of various communities in Ibadan.
The gang recently stormed Kudeti area of the city where they attacked some youths with dangerous weapons. The gang cut off the hand of one of the victims, Sikiru Muftau, also known as Alase, while they took away the body part.
It was returned two days after the attack for burial.
In a statement by the state Police Public Relations Officer, Adekunle Ajisebutu, the state’s Commissioner of Police, Samuel Adegbuyi, urged parents, guardians and community leaders to warn their children against destruction and disruption of public peace.
The statement partly read, “The Oyo State Police Command is worried about the orgy of violence erupting recently in Beere, Born Photo, Mapo, Idi-Aro, Akala and some parts of the state, which culminated in the wanton destruction of lives and property of innocent citizens by some unscrupulous cult groups and criminal elements who go by the name ‘One Million Boys’ or whatever other names they are called.
“While some of these criminals have been arrested and are currently being prosecuted in a court of law for various criminal offences, others have arrogantly worn the garb of violence and brutality, causing fear and apprehension among the people of the affected areas.
“The command will not shirk from its responsibilities of protecting life and property and maintaining law and order. Therefore, it is resolutely determined to decimate their ranks by whatever legitimate means it may require. Enough is enough!”
Adegbuyi urged community leaders and other peace-loving individuals to help the police in the fight against them.
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