Governor Akeredolu wants community policing strengthened
By Bode Akinwumi
Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, has paid his first official visit to the headquarters of the Ondo State Police Command in Akure.
The governor used the visit to commend the Commissioner of Police, officers and men of the command for their dedication to duties, which he said had relatively sustained the low crime status of the Sunshine State.
“Ondo State is appreciative of your service to it.
” I cherish our constant discussions at facilitating effective security coverage of the state”,the governor said.
Bearing his mind on the fact that the Police Command has only three of its Area Commands in the state, Arakunrin Akeredolu said the Area Commands cannot effectively police the state in this era when community policing was in vogue.
“Ondo State can never be satisfied with just three Police Area Commands”, the governor said.
While assuring of State Government intervention on some critical infrastructural challenges like poor road network within the headquarters, the dilapidating state of police barracks at “A” Division and dearth of latest communication equipment, Governor Akeredolu said the police should strengthen its security artistry at preventing crimes and combating criminals in the state.
Earlier, the Ondo State Commissioner of Police Mrs Hilda Ibifuro-Harrison, said it was the goal of the command to re-enact itself as the indisputable primary agency of internal security in the state
She explained that it could be achieved through pervasive and credible commitment of men and logistics towards achieving a relatively peaceful state.
“The Command intends to accomplish this task through regular assessment of its capabilities, appraisal of the challenges from its external environment, other stakeholders, sister security agencies and the state government,” she said.
Ibifuro-Harrison also said the level of crime in Ondo was low compared to other states due to intensive and efficient security network put in place by the management team of the Police Command.
“The few cases of kidnapping, armed robbery and cultism are perpetrated by criminals operating outside the state, but with extra efforts from our officers, some of the activities were nipped in the bud, those arrested promptly prosecuted while their victims rescued.
“Various measures have also been put in place to ensure crimes and crimialuties are curbed within the state include training and retraining of men, weekly lectures, raids/patrol and surveillance of criminal hideouts/black spots,” she said.
She listed the challenges of the command to include inadequate patrol vehicles, provision of communication gadgets, and renovation of buildings within the command and sought the assistance of the State Government.
The State Governor was accompanied on the visit by his Deputy, Hon Agboola Ajayi; Secretary to the State Government, Hon. Ifedayo Abegunde; Chief of Staff to the Governor, Chief Olugbenga Ale; Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Security, Alhaji Jimoh Dojumo and the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor Chief Segun Ajiboye.
Also top officers of the Command who joined the Commissioner of Police to receive the governor include: Deputy Commissioner of Police, in charge vof Criminal Investigation Department, DCP Yahaya Bello; Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Administration, DCP Asafa Adekunle; Deputy Commissioner of Police, in charge of Operations, DCP Mathew Onah and the Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of Area Command, ACP Olatoye Durosinmi and ACP Owolabi Ajani.
Others are: the Officer in Charge of the State Investigating Bureau, Superintendent of Police Sunday Akande; Officer in Charge of Anti Kidnapping, Superintendent of Police Adekunle Onabanjo; Officer in Charge of Fast Strike Squad, Superintendent of Police, Abdul Olayinka; Commander Police Mobile Force,Mobil 17, Superintendent of Police, Idoku Zeletus Okwudili and some other high ranking officers.