There was anxiety at Moniya in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital on Wednesday as residents woke up to the deployment of armed policemen in the area.
PUNCH Metro had reported that a policeman was killed during a clash with alleged fraudsters and alleged fraudsters on Tuesday in Moniya, Akinyele Local Government Area of the state.
Our correspondent, who visited the area on Wednesday, saw armed policemen deployed at strategic positions in the area, causing concern among residents.
PUNCH Metro also observed that a roadblock had been set up in front of the Divisional Police Headquarters.
At Moniya Junction, Moniya Garage and the entrance to Oja Agbe, policemen were observed using various objects such as chairs, tables, used tires and planks to block roads.
Some residents told our correspondent that traders at Oja Agbe, Moniya Garage and Moniya Butchers Market were dispersed by the policemen who are said to be looking for the killers of their colleague.
“Policemen have been terrorizing us residents and motorists with gunshots and teargas canisters,” said one of the eyewitnesses, who identified himself as Abimbola.
Our correspondent also observed that the development affected the movements of candidates sitting for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations at a CBT center in the area, Islamic Mission Primary School.
When contacted, the state police public relations officer, Adewale Osifeso, said, “The state police command, while investigating the circumstances that led to the death of one of its officers, is also mindful of the safety and welfare of residents within and outside the scene of the incident.
“Residents saw a strategic increase in the deployment of operational assets to prevent the breakdown of law and order and to prevent rogues from establishing dominance.
“The confidence-building patrols and increased police visibility were designed to further increase residents’ confidence in going about their lawful business without fear of abuse or harassment.”