By Wisdom Deji-Folutile
Ondo State Police Command has said that it will not allow any protest under whatever guise in the state to reach the level of the #EndSARS protest.
The command’s Public Relations Officer, DSP Tee Leo-Ikoro, told reporters on Friday that the police was ready to thwart any plan for a breakdown of law and order by any individual or group.
Recall that several government properties were destroyed by suspected hoodlums who hijacked the protest against police brutality popularly known as ‘#EndSARS’ held across the country in October 2020.
Leo-Ikoro, however, said a repeat of that would not be possible.
He said, “We hear that some students are embarking on a peaceful protest on June 12. We want to believe that it will be peaceful, as they have said.
“We must, however, warn anyone with the intent of causing mayhem or engaging in any act that can lead to breakdown of law and order or destruction of government property to have a rethink.
‘We are fully on ground, and we have deployed our men in all the nooks and crannies of the state to maintain law and order. Any violator will be severely dealt with in accordance with the law.
“We will not fold our arms and watch any protest, under whatever guise, to escalate to the level of the last #EndSARS protest. We will arrest and prosecute anyone found culpable.”