Governor Gboyega Oyetola de Osun has appealed to the people of the state to exercise restrictions in the course of protests against the Special Anti-Theft Squad (SARS), saying that the government is already responding to his protest.
Oyetola, in a statement released by the state Commissioner for Civic Information and Orientation, Ms. Funke Egbemode, on Saturday in Osogbo, urged residents not to take the laws into their own hands.
The governor said that people should take into account the fact that Osun was a peaceful state and that President Muhammadu Buhari had instructed the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, to get into the SARS issue immediately.
“We call for calm and urge our citizens to continue to maintain the peaceful profile of the state by not taking the laws into their own hands.
“Let us not be tempted to attack public properties and facilities, the construction of which required many years of sacrifices and struggles on the part of the government and taxpayers.
“President Muhammadu Buhari has instructed the Inspector General of Police to bring officers who may have been convicted of violating citizens’ rights to justice.
“We believe that the Nigerian Police have taken note of our disturbances and that the IGP will call its men to order, when necessary,” he said.
Oyetola reminded the resident of the patriotism of the vast majority of the country’s police officers, who, he said, had been committed to protecting the lives and property of Nigerians over the years.
According to him, many of them have died in the performance of their duties.
“Therefore, let us not take our anger at a reckless few in the entire police force who are working around the clock to ensure our safety.
“Our citizens can count on the efforts of the state government to continue to do everything possible to protect citizens from actual and potential threats.
“Let’s not destroy our collective heritage while trying to correct the mistakes of others. Two mistakes don’t do good, “said Oyetola.
Nigeria’s News Agency (NAN) reports that residents of the state have joined ongoing protests in some parts of the country against SARS over an alleged violation of the rights of Nigerians by their staff.