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Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Governor Ajimobi Accused Eminent People Of Shielding Criminals

The governor of Oyo State, Abiola Ajimobi has accused highly placed individuals of shielding criminals in the society .To mitigate rising crime, the governor advised eminent persons, including rulers, captains of industry and politicians in the state to expose criminals in the state.

The governor spoke yesterday in Ibadan, the state capital, during the inauguration of the Eminent Persons Forum at the Police Headquarters in Eleyele, Ibadan. Ajimobi, who was represented by his deputy, Chief Moses Alake Adeyemo, said most eminent persons usually call security agencies to release their men for personal reasons.

He urged them to stop the act in the interest of the state. The governor said: “As traditional rulers, politicians, captains of industry, professionals, we know who are criminals. It is the eminent persons that usually call the security agencies to release criminals. Please, let us expose them.

“Also, let us protect the welfare of the police. In some circumstances, they also have to save their lives.
“It is the responsibility of all of us to expose the criminals we know. “When you talk about the developed countries, it is not the police that go after criminals; it is the technology. Let us put emphasis on modern technology. We can also have traditional ways of exposing criminals so that things can also work.” He assured the police of the continued support of the government in a bid to tackle crimes in the state.

“I want to assure you that Oyo State government will continue to support the police so that we can have peace in the state, there is no other job for the government than to protect the life and property in the state; we are ready to continue to get the state secured. Police Commissioner Samuel Adegbuyi told the gathering that the forum was in line with the directive of the Acting Inspector General of Police, Mr. Idris Ibrahim, to state police commands to constitute bodies in their respective states.

“It is expected to serve as an intervention forum saddled with responsibilities of control, management and resolution of crises/conflicts and taking measures to prevent crimes through the instrumentality of alternative dispute resolution as a veritable tool for maintenance of peace, unity and law and order in their communities,” he said.

At the meeting were the Otun Olubadan, High Chief Lekan Balogun and High Chief Eddy Oyewole, who led the Olubadan-in-Council, Baale of Ekotede Chief Taiwo Ayorinde, leader of Igbo community Dr. Alex Anozie and Chief Olapade Agoro among others. Others included representatives of religious groups, Igbo General Assembly, Hausa and Fulani communities, traditional rulers, market women, farmers association among others.

Source: The Nation

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