AIG Zone – XI Visit Oyo State Governor, Begs Nigerians Not To Be Hostile To Police
The Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) in charge of Zone 11, Osogbo, Olasupo Babatunde Ajani, urged Nigerians to put a stop to attacks on men of the Nigeria Police Force across the country, their offices and patrol vans, begging citizens, that they should allow their relationship with the Police to return to how it was before the EndSARS protest. The AIG, Olasupo made this appeal on Tuesday while addressing the Newsmen, stakeholders and members of Oyo State police command at the stakeholder’s meeting and Familiarisation visit to Oyo State Police Command’s Headquarters in Eleyele, Ibadan. The AIG also visit the Governor of the state, Engr Seyi Makinde at the state government’s house, Agodi, Ibadan.
According to him, Nigerians do not respect Police officers any longer like they used to do before the EndSARS protest, adding that the police and the citizens have been working together peacefully before the EndSARS protest.
“You stakeholders that are here as representatives of the people; please sensitise your people and let us go back to the way we were before the EndSARS protests”, he said.
Olasupo Noted in his statement that: “EndSARS has seriously dampen the morale of the men of Nigeria police force, created a sort of vacuum and we want to reclaim the space again and be closer to the people; any police officer that want to be successful must have the support of the people, without people there is no police. We must cooperate and work together for peace to reign in this country”
The AIG further warned some members of the Police Community Relations Committee (PCRC) that were conniving with some police officers to extort money from the people to desist from doing so, as anybody found in such act will not go unpunished. He said all hands must be on deck to achieve peaceful coexistence in the country and shun crimes and criminality in the state. He also called on the youths to shun drugs abuse, cultism and respect the rule of law for the good of all.
The Eze Ndigbo, Dr Alex Anozie, Seriki Shasha, Alhaji Haruna Malyasin and representatives of the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oloye Lekan Alabi, promised to advise their subjects on the needs to be law abiding citizens. The traditional rulers said; both the indigenes and non-indigenes would work as a family for the sustenance of peace in Oyo State.
Earlier before the AIG’s address, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Ngozi Onadeko while introducing the AIG said the state was relatively peaceful while officers and men of Oyo state police command were working tirelessly to surpass the present level of security in the state.
However, Onadeko listed some challenges faced by the command include inadequate manpower, inadequate arms and ammunitions among others.
Oyo State Governor, Engr Seyi Makinde express his appreciation to the men of the Nigeria police force in Oyo State for working tirelessly keeping the the state safe and also promised to keep working collaboratively to secure oyo state.