Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde has challenged operatives of the Nigeria Police Force to be more committed to the unity of the country through effective policing.
Governor Makinde stated this while playing host to the newly promoted 68 Squadron Leaders in charge of the Mobile Force of the Nigeria Police who paid him a courtesy call at the Executive Chamber, Agodi Secretariat, Ibadan.
The 68 Squadron officers who were on Combat Training Course at Ila-Orangun, Osun State, were led by the team leader, ACP Livingston Orutugu, and received by Governor Makinde, who was represented by his deputy, Mr Rauf Olaniyan.
Makinde said that the Police must strive for professionalism in its policing of the country.
He urged them to continuously optimise their training to cushion the nation’s security challenges.
The Governor said the nation faced several security challenges ranging from armed robbery to kidnapping, boko haram, terrorism, ethnic clashes and herdsmen/farmers clashes.
He appreciated the decision of the Police to set up another Mobile Unit on the Oyo/Osun axis.
Makinde assured the visitors of the commitment of the State government to engendering a secure State for the citizenry.
Retraining of Personnel
The State Commissioner of Police, Shina Olukolu, who accompanied the squadron commanders, gave the assurance that retraining the personnel would enable police officers to be better equipped with combat techniques needed to tackle the various security challenges across the country.
The leader of the visiting “Punching Squad”, ACP Orutugu, explained that police officers, with the training, were being empowered to combat violent crimes and attack crises.
Orutugu described the Police Mobile Force as the striking arm of the Police and said that the squadron commanders were assessing the peculiar security challenges of each State of the country with a view to attacking them in specific manners.
He said the squadron commanders were proceeding to Jos, Plateau State, for the next phase of their training.
Orutugu expressed confidence that its recommendations would be implemented by the Force Headquarters to address the various security challenges facing the nation.