Police Seek Ogun Govt’s Support On Security, Warn Against Anti-human Rights

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From Segun Ayinde, Abeokuta

Deputy Inspector-General of Police, DIG, in charge of the South-West Zone, Sylvester Alabi has urged officers in Ogun State to shun anti-human rights behaviour capable of tarnishing the image of the force in order to change the negative narrative that members of the public have against the police. 

He also sought Governor Dapo Abiodun’s support on security facilities to assist them work effectively in combating crime and criminality in the state in order to ensure the safety and properties of the citizenry.

Alabi, who made the appeal when he visited Ogun State on Tuesday on a one-day tour, charged the officers to eschew acts of police brutality and exploitation from members of the public so that they could change their negative perspective about them and earn their trust on security matters

He said his visit was in compliance with the directives of the Inspector-General of Police, IGP, Kayode Egbetokun, that all DIGs should visit their geopolitical zones to interact and interface with various police officers on professionalism in the discharge of their duties.

The DIG, who also oversees the Force Criminal Investigation Department, FCID, Abuja, advised police officers to imbibe the spirit of discipline, hard work and take advantage of training programmes and opportunities, as well as discharge their duties within the confines of the law to erase the negative narrative from members of the public and command respect for themselves.

Alabi, who disclosed these during a courtesy visit to the governor in Abeokuta to thank him for his friendly collaboration with the police, appealed for more support on facilities and equipment. 

He assured of the police readiness to ensure the security of lives and properties.

Responding, Governor Abiodun said the state would continue to collaborate with the police on security matters to ensure a peaceful environment for investors, as well as secure the lives and properties of the people. 

“It is indeed a pleasure to receive you this afternoon. I want to appreciate the commissioner of police and his team for doing a good job in the state. We have continued to enjoy their cooperation and provided the needed support, they also in turn have excellent collaboration with other law enforcement agents which has translated into a very peaceful atmosphere for investors to thrive,” the governor noted

The Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Alamutu, who was represented by the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Bode Ojajuni, tasked the officers to take advantage of the one-day tour to tap from the DIG’s wealth of experience so as to enhance their performance. 

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