By Micheal Ofolue
Crime suspects formerly held in the custody of the dissolved Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of Ondo State Police Command have been relocated to State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID) along lgbatoro road in Akure over fear of attack by protesters.
The relocation was sequel to the protest that erupted in Akure on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday particularly on Saturday night by some youths who trooped out in large numbers to protest against police brutality and ENDSARS saga.
The Hope Metro investigation revealed that there were some perceived attempts by some hoodlums who have hijacked the protests to attack SARS office, which necessitated the relocation of the detained suspects to police headquarters.
Our reporter who visited the SARS office discovered that all suspects whose offences range from armed robbery, murder, unlawful possession of armed and theft have been relocated to a more protective custody at the Command’s headquarter.
It was also learnt that armed security men drawn from disbanded SARS operatives have been drafted to monitor the cells where the suspects are being detained.
A competent police source who confirmed the development said the commotion and shouting being observed was because some of them attempted to escape.
He said the recent dissolution of SARS by IGP Adamu and the continuous protests by some youths saga precipitated the move of the Police authority in the state to relocate suspects to a more secured custody.
According to him, there were perceived attempts by protesters last Monday to invade the SARS office in Akure, saying it took a resistance from policemen to block the road leading to the office along Oda road in Akure.
“We don’t want to take any chance and that is why we moved some of our suspects out to SCIID custody for better protection.
“This protest has been taken over by hoodlums, especially” Yahoo Boys” who are sponsoring the protest. All police station cells have been tightened up to avoid unforeseen situation, “he stated.