By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) in-charge of Zone 11, AIG Olasupo Babatunde Ajani, on Tuesday asked Nigerians to see Police personnel as brothers and sisters and stop attacking them.
Speaking during his familiarizarion visit to the Oyo State Police Command Headquarters, Eleyele Ibadan, AIG Ajani said it is now time for Nigerians to work with the Police to reclaim the vacuum created during the #EndSARS protest.
AIG Ajani stressed that the #EndSARS protest had created a serious vacuum between the public in the country and the Police, thus causing a serious setback for the Police in discharging their statutory duties.
Tasking stakeholders particularly the parents to talk to their people at home to stop attacking the personnel of the force, he lamented that Nigerians no long respect the police as it used to be before the EndSARS protest”
” You stakeholders that are here are the representatives of the people, please sensitise your people and let us go back to the way we were before the EndSARS protests.EndSARS has created a sort of vacuum and we want to reclaim the space again and be closer to the people”, he said.
The AIG added, “any police that want to be successful must have the support of the people. The police and the citizens has been working together peacefully before the EndSARS issues. We must cooperate and work together for peace to reign in this country,”
Frowning at the attitude of some Police Community Relations Committee (PCRC) members conniving with some Police officers to extort the people to desist so as not to jeopardise the aimed of creating PCRC, the AIG zone eleven stressed that all hands must be on deck to achieve peaceful coexistence in the country and stamp out crimes and criminality in the state.
Receiving the AIG, Oyo state Commissioner of Police, CP Ngozi Onadeko, said Oyo state is relatively peaceful while officers and men are working tirelessly to surpass the present level of security in the state.
CP Onadeko, listed some of the challenges facing the command to include inadequate manpower, inadequate arms and ammunitions among others.
Representatives of the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oloye Lekan Alabi, the Eze Nudigbo, Dr Alex Anozie, and Seriki Shasha, Alhaji Haruna Malyasin in their remarks and , pledged their commitment to talk with their followers on the needs to be law abiding and that both the indigenes and non-indigenes would work as a family for the sustainace of peace in Oyo State.