EndSARS: GOV ABIODUN, OGUN STAKEHOLDERS CALL FOR STATE, COMMUNITY POLICING

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Amidst growing demands for the reform of the Nigerian Police, Governor Dapo Abiodun Mfr, traditional rulers, youths, security officials and stakeholders on tuesday called for the formation of State Police to co-exist with the Nigerian Police.
Speaker after speaker, the stakeholders narrated how Gov Abiodun mobilised all the structures available in the State to stem the tide of violence that waded throughout the entire country but had little or no impact on the State.
“Apart from excesses of some police officers that are under focus with the #EndSARS protest, there is also the issue of the reform and structure of the police. This calls for a reconsideration of the call for a State Police and Community Police apparatus.”
Despite its proximity to Lagos, the epicenter of the two-week #EndSARS protests, the Deputy Inspector General in charge of the South West, Mr Adeleye Oyebade, said it is a new beginning for the Police, lauding the traditional rulers and the youths which was a major component of inclusive approach to leadership in the security architecture of Ogun State.
“There is an urgent need to include representatives of the youths and students in the composition of the Police Community Relations Committee at the grassroots level to achieve the kind of success Ogun State achieved during the #EndSARS protests. That youth and students should be in PCRC is hereby approved”, Oyebade said.
Similarly, the Alake and Paramount ruler of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo, Awujale of Ijebuland, Oba Sikiru Adetona, represented by the Dagburewe of Idowa, Oba Yinusa Adekoya supported calls for reforms in the Police with students and youths as vibrant sections of the society to be considered in intelligence gathering and crime-fighting.
“The relative peace we have achieved in Ogun State in the wake of #EndSARS protest has been largely achieved through divine benevolence and effective engagement of the stakeholders and “local policing” by our youth and traditional rulers, which validates the call for police officers that are sourced from and live within their communities,” Gov Abiodun noted.
He added that it was also important to note that while,“we cannot absolve in totality the police from allegations against them, we cannot also used the few bad eggs to make general and hasty statements about the entire police system. We need to continue to encourage, motivate and support the police to be more effective, professional and trusted partners to achieve peace and security”.
Gov Abiodun lauded the good men and officers in the police force and urged that people be circumspect in tarring all service men with one brush, noting that some of the stories posted on the social media were grossly skewed against the heroic act of many of our Police officer.
“Our people, especially the youths, should refrain from posting inciting and provocative statements and video clips on the social media” because according to the Governor, “these unpatriotic acts that fan the embers of disunity and discord. In this category are also those who post fake and false news to spread social discontent or put the government in bad light to put their energy to productive endeavours on the social media. We are all witnesses to what havoc fake and inciting posts can cause”, Gov Abiodun said
The Gov said that he was delighted that Ogun State Police command continued to make him proud, added that “although, we still have report of some people planning to cause disturbances. There are indications that these are not people of Ogun State but trying to whip up sentiments that will resonate with some uninformed youth in the State so as to enlist them. I advise in their own interest that Ogun State will not be conducive to them or anyone with criminal intentions.”
He therefore called on the combined teams of law enforcement agents to be on the alert, asking the people not also call 112 on the telephone for any complaints or harassment of any member of the Police Force
While thanking all our stakeholders, especially, revered traditional rulers, religious leaders, youth leaders, civil societies organizations, chairmen of Local Government Areas, Community Development Councils, security agencies, the media for their role in restoring peace to Ogun State.

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