*** Meets with Command’s strategic security managers
By Stephen Olufemi Oni, Ilorin
Following the banning of Okada operations in some states, especially Lagos state, and to check their influx into Kwara state, the state Commissioner of Police, CP Tuesday Assayomo, has called on Motorcycle and Tricycle Unions in the State to embark on adequate profiling of both existing and new members for easy identification and monitoring.
CP Ossayomo made the call after a
security meeting with the Command’s strategic security managers at the Police Officers’ Mess, Ilorin, the state capital.
He said: “The Command was not unaware of some security breaches in some states leading to the death of many citizens, the banning of Okada operations in some States, especially Lagos State which has sent jitters in the spines of some Kwarans, owing to the proximity of Kwara state to Lagos State; nursing the fears that the banned Okada operators may head for Kwara State with all its attendants risks.”
To this end, CP Ossayomo has directed the Area Commanders, Divisional Police Officers, and Command’s Tactical Units to intensify patrols, intensify intelligence gathering and to also apply effective mobilisation of vigilante groups, hunters and other local security apparatus in their various areas of operations.
The police boss also advised the leadership of religious bodies in the state on the appropriateness of putting some security arrangements in their places of worship, including CCTV cameras, employment of private or local guards to complement those provided by the Police.
The Commissioner of Police also hinted of a proposed meeting with relevant non-state actors, including student bodies, to discuss on ways by which the Police Command could serve the citizens better.
Meanwhile, the CP has decorated 31 newly promoted Inspectors to the ranks of Asp, advising them to reciprocate the kind gesture of the Inspector General of Police, Alhaji Usman Alkali Baba by working harder and continually representing the good image of the force wherever they are posted.