From Ogundele Olanrewaju
Oyo state governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde has charged Oyo state police command to engage more in intelligence-gathering and community policing rather than running after the perpetrators after the crime has been committed.
Governor Makinde stated this while having an interactive programme Oyo state police command and also presenting JAC- pick-up operational vehicles to the state police command held at the frontage of the presidential Lodge, government house, Agodi, Ibadan.
Governor Makinde said that the security challenges confronting the nation were mega and multifarious, while the resources to tackle the problem are meargre.
While appreciating the officers and men of the Nigeria Police, Oyo state command for keeping the state safe, Governor makinde promised to rebuild the Oojo police station destroyed by hoodlums during the EndSars protests, as soon as the state police command release the new modern police building plan.
Earlier in his remark, the Commissioner of police, Oyo state command, CP Adebowale williams, appreciated the support, which the police command has continued to enjoy from the state government, including the provision of various security devices, gadgets and other logistics.
He called for interface between the Nigeria police force and the public to be able to achieve peace in the state.
Similarly, the Executive Assistant to Governor makinde on Security Matters, CP Sunday Odukoya(rtd) also appreciating the smooth relationship existing between the state government and police.
Other police officers who spoke at the event pledged to up their game in combating crime in Oyo state.
The programme was attended by the Oyo state Deputy Governor, Barr. Bayo Lawal among other top government officials.