By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The Special Adviser to Governor Seyi Makinde on Security, Commissioner of Police Fatai Owoseni, (rtd) on Sunday hinted that no fewer than 51 suspected perpetrators of kidnapping, rape and banditry in Oke Ogun area of Oyo state are currently in police net .
CP Owoseni (rtd) dropped this hint in Iganna while speaking during a tour of delegation of Oyo State Government officials and the new Commissioner of Police in the state, Mrs. Ngozi Onadeko to trouble spots of Ibarapa and Oke-Ogun areas of the state
He stressed that the delegation embarked on the tour to assess the situation and as well emphasized the need for the community leaders, youths and Hausa-Fulani residents in the area to eschew violence and live in peace, be vigilant and ensure they identify the criminal elements among them for prosecution by the Police as no one should take laws into their hands.
“Let us put sentiment and politics aside, from what we heard, it is not as if the Ibarapa community is against one ethnic group. What they are claiming and the allegation they have made is that a particular person, who they are now seeing to symbolise an entire ethnic group, has been misbehaving. It is just like what the governor has been saying; that there is trust-deficit between the people and the government, mistrust between the people and law enforcement agencies”,:he said.
CP Owoseni (rtd) added, “the truth is, 51 suspects have been in detention for various offences that bother on this kidnapping. Arrests were made. Some have been arraigned in court. Some are awaiting trial. For some, investigation are still ongoing, which we made them know. Everyone will learn lessons, especially the police officer that was accused of complicity in some of these cases”,
“The CP has given that assurance that every victim will get justice and all the allegations they have made as to the Seriki colluding with criminals, will be looked into. If you look at the catalogue of what has been said, they feel they have not been given justice and they feel that someone has been stalling justice.They feel that someone has been dropping names in order to oppress the community. I believe that with the steps that have been taken to mend all these gaps and with the assurance that the Commissioner of Police has given that they will look at all the cases again, there will be a change.”
CP Owoseni (rtd) maintained that the present government in Oyo State has been working closely with the Police to fish out criminal elements,
Speaking to traditional rulers, government officials and Fulani leaders in Igangan, the state Commissioner of Police, Mrs Ngozi Vivian Onadeko asked the people of the area to give room for peace saying the purpose of the delegation tour of the area was “to assess and listen to the people of the area over the incident that happened.
” I want to appeal to everyone of us to be calm and ensure there is peace. If there is no peace in the community, there won’t be growth and development. I want to appeal to the youth. We have listened and they have interpreted all your complaints and I want to say you should not spoil your case by using force. We are a new team. Bring out all the cases you have, put them in an orderly manner and we will make sure that justice is done. So, I want to enjoin all of you to be peaceful and live with one another in a peaceful manner, she said
CP Onadeko added, “if we live in peace in this community, we should be able to identify kidnappers, robbers, and rapists. It does not matter where you come from – whether you are from Igbo, Yoruba or Hausa. Actually, we have the good and bad ones. Criminality is not only ascribed to a particular ethnic group, it cuts across all the ethnic groups. So, if we don’t come together with one voice, how are we going to fish out all these people?
“Please, be calm. Cooperate with the Police, law enforcement agencies and we will make this place secure for everyone, irrespective of where you come from. I want to assure you that all the cases you brought up, a thorough investigation will be done on them and you will see that justice will be delivered. We will be having more of this interactive session and consultative gathering so that we will be able to sit down, talk and iron things out together without resorting to violence, which does not pay. Please, don’t take laws into your hands. Just tell us. Let us have peace and everything, by the grace of God, will be okay for all of us.”