The Nigeria Police Force has called upon the citizenry to assist the force in securing the internal national security.
The Assistant Inspector-General of Police in-charge of Zone 2, Lagos and Ogun States, Ahmed Iliyasu said this during his visit to the traditional ruler in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital, Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo.
Iliyasu a former Commissioner of Police in the state noted that, it is only with security and safety of lives that economy and social activities of Nigeria would be guaranteed.
He reiterated the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu’s vision in turning around the police force through a new policing of technology whereby technology will be deployed in fighting and intercepting criminals.
The police boss assured Nigerians on changing the values, customs and ethics of policing in line with the 21st century of modern policing, whereby there will be respect to human rights and rule of law, by adopting intelligence policing and community strategies through the welfare and training of the officers.
“My mission here is to meet with the state government and interface with them and made a statement of my mission and the new trust of the Inspector General of Police in turning around the force in his vision and mission of changing policing environment into a modern traditional policing, a new policing of technology whereby technical aspect will be deployed in fighting and intercepting criminals,” he said.
The vision and mission of the IGP is to change the values, customs and ethics of policing in line 21st century of modern policing, respect to human rights, rule of law, intelligence policing, community strategies, welfare, training and capacity building of the men.”
The AIG who had earlier visited the state governor, Dapo Abiodun urged residents of the state to support the new Commissioner of Police in the state, Kenneth Ebrimson in combating crimes and criminality in the state.
“When I was here, we have a good period and we did a lot with the good support of the traditional institution. We have a very good time whereby Ogun State is an example of a very peaceful state in Nigeria and up till now, it’s being sustained.
“Therefore, I wish to call on stakeholders, the press, traditional rulers, civil and liberty organizations to put our hands together in this new trust of national security strategy.
“Policing is not only meant for police, but for everybody. With this community strategy, I call on all stakeholders, hunters, farmers, professionals, students, market women to put hands together so that we can secure the internal security of Nigeria. This country is important to us.”
The traditional ruler, Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo commended the police boss for his dogmatic approach in fighting crime.
Oba Gbadebo urged Nigerians to support the police, stressing that without the people the police cannot perform efficiently.
The Monarch however threw his weight behind the new security initiative of the Southwest Governors, Amotekun, insisting that whatever would secure the zone, he would support it.
Amoteku, is a security outfit jointly established by Governor’s of the 6 stayed that make up the Southwest region in Nigeria.
The states are, Lagos, Ogun, Oyo, Osun,Ondo, and Ekiti.
The idea was conceived out of the need to jointly tackle increasing criminal activities, including kidnapping, armed robbery and other criminal activities in the region.