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Inspector General Declares War on Crime in Ogun

New Initiatives Aim to Curb Kidnapping and Enhance Security

by Victor Adetimilehin

In a significant move to combat crime in Ogun State, Inspector General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun, announced a series of measures aimed at giving kidnappers and criminals a tough time. During a visit to the state police headquarters in Eleweran, Abeokuta, Egbetokun, accompanied by Assistant Inspector General Olatoye Durosimi and State Commissioner of Police Abiodun Alamutu, vowed to tackle the state’s security challenges head-on.

The police chief’s announcement included the creation of additional Area Commands in strategic locations such as Ifo, Imeko, and Ipokia to ensure a more robust police presence. These new commands aim to bolster police responsiveness and extend their reach into more remote areas that have experienced heightened criminal activities.

Strengthening Resources and Operations

Egbetokun, during his address to police officers and community stakeholders, stressed the importance of community support in combating crime effectively. He responded positively to local demands for increased policing infrastructure, promising the establishment of area commands not only in Ifo but also in the border areas of Idiroko and Imeko.

Addressing concerns about inadequate manpower and logistics, the Inspector General assured the officers that their needs for vehicles and other operational tools would be met. He emphasized the commitment to resolve these issues promptly, enhancing the police’s ability to respond to emergencies and routine security matters efficiently.

A Renewed Commitment to Safety

The visit also included meetings with Governor Dapo Abiodun and plans to engage with the four paramount rulers of Egba, Ijebu, Remo, and Yewa, signaling a comprehensive approach to governance and law enforcement cooperation. This collaborative effort underlines a unified front against the threats to peace in the region.

Despite the challenges, Commissioner of Police Abiodun Alamutu reiterated that Ogun remains one of the safest states in Nigeria. His remarks highlighted the dedication of the police force to uphold safety and security, promising continued allegiance to the principles and goals of the national police force.

The newly inaugurated facilities within the command’s headquarters, including the technical intelligence unit and the complaints unit, are set to enhance the capabilities of the police force in crime investigation and community interaction, fostering a closer relationship between the police and the people they serve.

With these new initiatives and a clear focus on strengthening police operations, the leadership of the Ogun State Police Command is optimistic about making significant progress in curbing crime rates and ensuring the safety of its citizens. This commitment to security is expected to restore confidence among the residents of Ogun State, paving the way for a more peaceful and secure environment.

Source: Punch

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