The Inspector General (IG) Mohammed Adamu on has stated that readiness of its personnel to tackle the rising spate of kidnapping, banditry and activities of hoodlums in Southwestern part of Nigeria.
Adamu who spoke during a security stakeholders’ meeting in Ado Ekiti, the capital of Ekiti State, issued a red card to kidnappers and bandits in the region,warning those criminals terrorizing the region to surrender to the law enforcement agency or meet their waterloo.
According to the Police IG the country’s policing system have been redesigned and rejigged to be community-based, so that Nigerians can see the issue of security as their responsibilities.
On why the police decided to interact with the stakeholders, Adamu said: “There are isolated cases of robbery, kidnapping and cultism in the Southwest of recent and we believe the traditional rulers and the state governors must show commitment and we are ready to do anything to mitigate the security problems.
“We believe that if we all work together by way of robbing minds and sharing ideas. Our society will be free of crimes.”
The IG added that the government is seriously concerned about the welfare of the officers, saying: “We have bought patrol vehicles and with the state of the art technology that can checkmate crimes.
“We believe no officer should die in the course of fighting crimes. To this end, body armours have been procured to protect us while confronting the evil doers. If you kill one police officer, the government has lost the money spent to train such man.”
Ekiti State Police Commissioner Asuquo Amba said the police have been able to reduce crimes in Ekiti State due to hard work displayed by his men.
Adamu, also, said the community policing strategy would bridge the gap between the police and the citizenry in a manner that will enhance optimal, cost-effective and sustainable law enforcement service delivery by the police.
He spoke in Akure while addressing men of the force in Ondo State.
Adamu hailed the strategies the state police command have put in place in fighting crimes.
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He urged the command to redouble its efforts in ensuring that the lives and property of the citizens are protected and safe at all times.