*inaugurates Community Policing Advisory Council in Oyo State
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Governor Seyi Makinde on Friday said that all those arrested in connection with the serial killings in Akinyele Local Government Area of the state are to be diligently prosecuted.
The governor stated this in Ibadan while inaugurating the Community Policing Advisory Council, (CPAC), in Oyo State.
According to the governor, the apprehended suspects in the Akinyele killings would be diligently prosecuted as the state’s Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice would work closely with the police to ensure the diligent prosecution of the suspected criminals.
“The Honourable Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General of the State will work closely with the Police to ensure that the criminals are diligently prosecuted. We will follow the law. I have spoken to the judiciary and they will also be swift in dealing with those cases.”, he said.
The governor commended the police in the state for the arrest of suspected perpetrators of the Akinyele killings, as well as other crime kingpins in the state,, saying, “I want to specially commend the Commissioner of Police and his team for the arrest of perpetrators of Akinyele murders. Also, the principal suspect in some kidnapping cases has been arrested”
Speaking further, the governor added, “I also thank Operation Burst and other security agencies. I believe, very soon, we won’t hear of One Million Boys in Oyo State,”
On community policing, the governor stressed that all hands must be on deck to ensure the community policing initiative gets the backing of the grassroots and that his administration will work with other stakeholders to make the initiative a success, saying, “we will make this initiative work as we continue to hope that Nigeria, one day, will get to that state of maturity where the constitution will be amended for us to have state police.”
“Community policing is not an issue for the police alone. Quite frankly, the bad boys are from certain homes, communities and we know them. So, I want to urge our traditional rulers to ensure that community policing gets to the grassroots in their domain. Once we are able to attack some crimes and criminal elements at the community level, the resources at the state level can be deployed effectively for some other things.”
The advisory council is to be led by the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi as the Chairman with members including the Olubadan of Ibadan land, Oba Saliu Adetunji; Soun of Ogbomoso, Oba Oladunni Oyewumi Ajagungbade; Chairman, Council of Obas and Chiefs, Oke-Ogun; Chairman, Council of Obas and Chiefs, Ibarapa.Others are: Service Commanders of Security Agencies; Chief Imam of Ibadanland and chairman, Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs; chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria and Secretary; Seriki Shasha (Representative of Arewa Community in Oyo State); representative of Igbo Community in Oyo State; chairman, PCRC, Oyo State and the chairperson, National Council of Women Affairs, Oyo State.