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We Must Restructure The Police, Says Akeredolu

The Governor of Ondo State governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has called for the restructuring of the Nigerian Police system, in the wake of the recent insecurity situations across the country, particularly in the South West.

The governor made this position known through a statement released by his Special Assistant on New Media, Olatunde Richard Olatunde, on the 3rd of August. 

Recall that PREMIUM TIMES reported no fewer than 86 persons were killed in violent attacks across Nigeria, last week.

At least 14 others were also reportedly kidnapped, including five pastors of the Redeemed Christian Church of God.

However, last week, the Federal Government announced its intention to start community policing in an effort to reduce the levels of insecurity in the country.

The Governor noted that it is necessary to take steps towards creating a state police, as the Central Police Command system may not be as effective as required.

While speaking at the 2019 Oka Day Celebration held at the Palace of the Olubaka of Oka, Oba Yusuf Adegori Adeleye, Akeredolu said: “The time has come to have State Police as a major step towards the proper handling of the insecurity situation in the various states.”

The Governor, who described the security situation in the country a serious challenge, lamented over the fact that the people who have been charged with the responsibility of securing the citizens are the ones carrying out crimes against the people, including allegedly raping female students.

He charged the Senator representing Ondo North Senatorial district, Senator Ajayi Borrofice, “to lead the voice for the amendment of the necessary acts in the constitution to allow for state police.”

Akeredolu said: “We must restructure the police. We can’t have a central police command. The time has come to have state police. Go and fight for this state police for us. We are ready to back you and support you. The challenges we are having is alarming.”

“We have this great challenge. It’s a very serious matter. Those we put on our roads to secure us are now raping our daughters. Please, take this as a challenge and I know you can do it. “

Speaking on the infrastructural efforts of his administration in Oka, Akeredolu said: “Many schools have been reconstructed in the town, while the government is also making efforts to do more.”

Finally, the governor noted his “administration has supported farmers in no small measures by allowing them to farm without any rancour or disturbances.”

“What’s more important is how we allow our farmers to farm without any rancour. Before now, they send you out of the farm on a yearly basis, but we have not sent anyone out of the farm. I know that farming will get its rightful place very soon,” the statement read.

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