Yemisi Opalola, Police Public Relations Officer, said Mercy's remains had been deposited at the mortuary at Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital, Ile-Ife, and she said that the police had launched a manhunt for the mechanic.
An eyewitness said, “The youths went haywire today (Thursday) attacking the police station in Okitipupa, on sighting them, the policemen took to heels and left the station. So, the guys set the station on fire. This came after they had attacked the prison and secretariat.”
Part of the items destroyed are; the Area Command and the Divisional Headquarters fences/gates, Area Command and Divisional Headquarters signposts, about 40 window glasses, four vehicles parked at the station and the roof of a building close to the station among others.
The statement, titled: ‘NPF new tactical team commences training Monday, October 19’, stated, “Adamu reiterated that no personnel of the defunct SARS would be part of the SWAT, noting that the officers selected for the training are young, smart and energetic officers who have acquired not less than seven years working experience with clean service records – no pending disciplinary matters, no record of violation of rights of citizens or misuse of firearms.”
“From the President to the Vice President and the Inspector-General of Police, we all held a meeting yesterday at the National Executive Council and we made it clear that there must be a reform of the Nigeria Police.
“As I’m telling you now, I’ve heard of 11 law firms including mine that are offering free legal services for anybody affected by this SARS movement just to show you the popularity of this demonstration. We are offering it free of cost,” he said.
Shock-waves have continued to grip operatives of the disbanded notorious Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, while other policemen serving in different units are grappling with apprehension following continued protests by aggrieved Nigerian youths over their activities.
Adamu in a Facebook Live broadcast to Nigerians on Sunday afternoon said, “The Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigeria Police is hereby dissolved and all officers serving within the unit are to be redeployed with immediate effect."
They are at the state police headquarters now and the police wants to charge them for murder. A Toyota 2005 Camry big, and a Lexus car were part of the cars the protesters abandoned and were taken away by the policemen.
The Inspector-General of Police wishes to inform Nigerian youths that their voices and complaints on the issues of unprofessional conducts by some SARS operatives have been heard very loudly and clearly” the Nigerian police tweeted.