BIYI SAMUEL/ AKURE
The Nigeria Police has approved a new area command in Okitipupa in Ondo South Senatorial District of Ondo state sequel to the request of the state Governor, Arakunrin Oluwa Rotimi Akeredolu ( SAN).
The police said the establishment of the area command was meant to secure the coastal communities and other towns in the southern senatorial district.
The Deputy Inspector of Police, South-West, Mr. Foluso Adebanjo, confirmed the approval of the command on Wednesday during a courtesy visit to the State governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN), at the Governor’s Office in Akure, the state capital.
The police boss warned criminal elements in the Senatorial District to either turn a new leaf or vacate the place, failure of which, he said the long arm of the law would catch up with them.
According to him, the police had mapped out strategies to safeguard lives and properties across the state.
It will be recalled that Akeredolu on Tuesday had called on the police authorities to establish an area command in the Southern senatorial district of the state.
Akeredolu had said that the call became necessary to ensure adequate security of the state from the menace of kidnapping and other criminal elements.
The governor made the appeal when the Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone XI, Mr. Agboola Oshodi-Glover, paid him a courtesy visit.
He had said that kidnapping had become a serious concern to all, even in neigbouring states.
The Governor said: “These miscreants are trying to infiltrate our state and it is only the police that can guarantee our security.”
He however, commended the police for their cooperation with his administration urging them to increase their patrol of every nook and cranny of the state to put criminal activities at bay.
Akeredolu said: “All we need is a proactive force which is what we already have. We have to enjoy the tremendous cooperation of your men.”
Oshodi-Glover had earlier pledged the readiness of his men to ensure adequate security of the state with a promise, “I came to talk to my men, ginger up their spirit and intimate them with instructions from the Force Headquarters.”