#EndSARS: Ogun hold stakeholders meeting, advocates for state, community police

Amidst growing demands for the reform of the Nigerian Police, the Ogun state Government Tuesday held a joint Peace Consolidation Meeting of Stakeholders with the Deputy Inspector General of Police, Adeleye Oyebade, at the Arcade Ground, Governor’s Office, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.

The event which was attended by the traditional rulers, youths and students leaders, security agencies and other stakeholders called for the formation of state Police to co-exist with the Nigerian Police to further strengthen the security network of the country.

Speaking, governor Abiodun lauded the good men and officers in the Nigeria Police Force, adding that people should stop tagging all service men with one brush, while stressing that some of the stories posted on the social media were grossly skewed against the heroic act of many of the officers.

“Our people, especially the youths, should refrain from posting inciting and provocative statements and video clips on the social media as these unpatriotic acts fan the embers of disunity and discord.

“In this category, those who post fake and false news to spread social discontent or put the government in bad light should put their energy to productive endeavours on the social media. We are all witnesses to what havoc fake and inciting posts can cause”, Abiodun said

He therefore called on the combined teams of law enforcement agents to be on the alert, asking the people to always call 112 to report any complaints or harassment by members of the security agencies.

The governor also lauded all stakeholders, especially revered traditional rulers, religious leaders, youth leaders, civil society organizations, chairmen of Local Government Areas, Community Development Councils, security agencies, the media for their role in restoring peace to Ogun State.

The Deputy Inspector General (DIG) in charge of South West, Adeleye Oyebade, notes that 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 (PCRC) 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

“The position taken by the youth have been heard loud and clear and our president is not a talkative as i speak with you all these issues are going to be tackled.

“The reform you are clamouring for is already on the table. The reform is now and the IGP is already doing just that and i happen to be in charge of research and planning and community policing

“The way forward is community policing so that we can collaborate and corporate with ourselves. No man is an island We want you to understand that we are coming with a new strategy” DIG Oyebade stated

Similarly, the Alake and Paramount ruler of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo, Awujale of Ijebuland, Oba Sikiru Adetona, represented by the Dagburewe of Idowa, Oba Yinusa Adekoya supported calls for reforms in the Police, asking that students and youths as vibrant sections of the society be considered in intelligence gathering and crime-fighting.

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