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Makinde hosts new AIG, pledges support

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GOVERNOR Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has reiterated that his administration will not spare any effort in keeping the people safe and secured in view of security challenges facing the nation.

The governor, who stated this while hosting the new Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG), in charge of Zone XI, Osogbo, AIG Olasupo Ajani, in Ibadan, assured of continuous support for the Police through the provision of logistics and other necessary support systems.

Governor Makinde while pledging support to the police at all times, agreed that community policing is a better approach to tackle insecurity but said the creation of state police would be the best solution to addressing security challenges in the country.

Earlier in his speech the new AIG zone X1, Olasupo Ajani said the zone would be repositioned to focus on policing with the people to curb crime and criminality.

The new AIG while lauding the diligence of Governor Seyi Makinde in ensuring a reasonable atmosphere of peace in the state, called for synergy with government and the people in the fight against insecurity.

In another development, the Nigeria Police Force has called on civilians to stop attacking police men and their stations whenever there is crisis or mayhem in the country.

The Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of zone X1, Mr Olasupo Ajani made the plea at a stakeholders” meeting at the police headquarters, Ibadan.

The AIG Olasupo Ajani said since the ENDSARS crises, the relationship between the police and the civilians had gone sore and it was one of the factors responsible for the increase rate of criminalities in the country.

Mr. Ajani said the civilian /police relationship in the past had helped the force on different occasions at combating crime.

He noted that killing of officers and men would not solve crises but aggravate it.

The AIG appealed to civilians to eschew violence and embrace peace as the Nigeria police force was ready to redeem its image to promote a cordial relationship between it and the civilians.

Earlier, the Commissioner of Police in Oyo State, Ngozi Onadeko who said the command was glad to receive the AIG listed some challenges hindering the job.

Mrs Onadeko stated further that despite various challenges confronting the command; it was doing all it could to ensure that the people of Oyo State sleep with their eyes closed.

Reacting, Chairman, Police Community Relations Commission (PCRC), Oyo State Chapter, the Reverend Peter Omofoye promised the commission’s continuous support to the police for a better Nigeria.

Contributing, the Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji, who spoke through the Agbaakin Olubadan, Chief Lekan Alabi said  the police needed to improve by providing necessary equipment for the officers to work optimally in serving people.

Other stakeholders at the meeting include traditional and community leaders, herders/farmers’ associations and other relevant stakeholders in the security sector.

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