By Ola Ajayi
Ibadan – THE Oyo State police command yesterday confirmed that some hoodlums had concluded plans to disrupt the coronation ceremony of the 41st Olubadan of Ibadan, High Chief Saliu Adetunji which comes up tomorrow.
To check this, the command has ordered massive deployment of policemen and sniffer dogs to prevent breakdown of law and order during the ceremony.
The police, in a statement by the state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Adekunle Ajisebutu, said; “Credible intelligence has revealed that some disgruntled persons or group of persons whose activities are antithetical to the progress of the state are making sinister plans to cause breach of peace during the forthcoming coronation of the new Olubadan.
“To forestall any breakdown of law and order before, during and after the coronation therefore, the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Leye Oyebade, has ordered massive deployment of serious-minded conventional policemen including highly trained mobile policemen, operatives of the Special Anti Robbery Squad, counter terrorism unit, explosive ordinance department, State Intelligence Bureau, the mounted troupes and snigger dogs to provide adequate security to guarantee safety of lives and property of the citizenry during the period.”
The police warned those it described as “anti-social elements, miscreants who masquerade as thugs, hoodlums, their allies, agents, and or their sponsors’’ against any act capable of plunging Ibadan or any part of the state into chaos.”
While assuring all residents of the state of adequate security during and after the ceremony, the command called for the support of other sister agencies and the public to enable it carry out the important function.