Governor of Osun State, Adegboyega Oyetola, has appealed to the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, to recruit locals as policemen through the proposed Community Policing to help fight crime.
Oyetola said the move became necessary because only those, who are familiar with their community, can gather intelligence effectively and efficiently, with a view to being proactive in preventing and combating crimes and other vices associated with the environment.
The Governor made this known to the Deputy Inspector General of Police (Operations), DIG Abdulmajid Ali, who paid him a courtesy visit. Ali is on tour of evaluation of officers at training areas in the state and the South West, where he commended the Governor for being supportive to the officers and men of the Nigeria Police Force in their efforts to maintain peace.
Oyetola maintained that having the locals as part of community policing after their recruitment and training will improve security, since they know the nooks, crannies and dark places in their community.
“I’m happy about the community police concept being proposed. Part of what I want to suggest is that you recruit people from local government areas of the state and after training, post them back to their community because they know the nook, crannies and dark spot in their region.
“We are on the verge of sensitising the mining sector and the Inspector General of Police promised to assist us to stop criminals coming around under the guise of mining. Apart from mining, environmental degradation is high and it’s causing havoc in our state,” the governor said.
Earlier in his remarks, the Deputy Inspector General of Police, DIG Abdulmajid Ali the team was in the state on the directive of the IGP to evaluate the Southwest and readiness of recruited officers in training for the Special Forces.
“I’m here in Osun State as directed by the Inspector General of Police to go round the Southwest states for proper assessment of the security architectures and readiness of our officers and men at keeping the state safe. This visit is also aimed at informing each of the states that the IGP is fully aware of the security situation across the country.
“I have been to Ondo, Ekiti and shortly before I arrived here, I have visited the Police Training College in Ila-Orangun to evaluate the extent of the ongoing training. We believe that there’s the need for the state governors to partner with us in an effort to maintain law and order and as well ensure adequate security and protection of lives and properties of the citizenry.”
He added, “It is in view of this that the Inspector General of Police had thrown his weight behind the introduction of community policing to strengthen security in the country. Through this, a lot of people will be employed locally into community policing as the gesture will equally help to ensure proper policing across the nooks and crannies,” Ali said.
The entourage of the Deputy Inspector General of Police included Assistant Inspector General of Police Zone 11, AIG Adeleye Olusola, Commissioner of Police for Osun, CP Abiodun Ige, Commanding Officer PMF 39 Osogbo, ACP Sebastian Dumchan, and Zonal PRO Adekunle Ajisebutu and others.