The Oyo State Police Command has denied a report alleging its personnel to have shot dead three persons in Oyo town following gunshots that erupted after people protested the failure of the firefighters in the town to stop a fire incident that happened on Sunday morning in Akesan market in Oyo town.

Penpushing reports that the Police Public Relations Officer of the Command, SP Olugbenga Fadeyi, denied the police involvement in the shootings, saying that the police did not attack anybody, as being speculated.

“Contrary to widely spread news on the fire incident at Erekesan market in Oyo town, there was no single shot from the Police personnel in Oyo’,Fadeyi explained, noting that, police personnel were only deployed immediately to the scene to prevent hoodlums from capitalising on the situation to loot shops and properties in the area, adding that concerted efforts are being intensified to prevent breakdown of law and order.

The police spokesman who was shown pictorial evidences of the alleged shooting said, “I have called and I can confirm there was no police shooting and nobody died. I will intensify efforts and make calls again to confirm.”

Meanwhile, it is recalled that fire razed Oyo’s central commercial area, Akesan Market, leaving few shops and other building untouched, a development which led angry residents to embark on protest at the gate of the fire station in Oyo.

By Israel Babalola

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