Gov. Dapo Abiodun of Ogun on Tuesday underscored the immediate need for state and community police apparatus in the country.
Abiodun spoke at a stakeholders meeting on Endsars protest, held in Abeokuta.
NAN reports that the stakeholders present at the meeting include student union representatives, religious leaders, traditional rulers and transportation union among others.
The governor said that community police would go a long way in bringing policing closer to the people and also protecting lives and properties.
He added that the relative peace achieved in the state in the wake of #EndSARS protest had been largely achieved through divine benevolence and effective engagement of the stakeholders and “local policing” by the youth and traditional rulers.
He added that the singular action validated the call for police officers that were sourced from and and live within their communities.
He, however, commended all security agencies for their professionalism, restraints and maturity in handling the Endsars protest in the state, saying it was a most challenging period to be a security agent, yet they rose to the occasion.
Abiodun opined that the hosting of this stakeholders meeting in conjunction with the top hierarchy of the police was a welcome development.
He added that it was a practical demonstration of the commitment of the police hierarchy to the fulfillment of its constitutional duties of protecting lives and property.
He added that the #EndSARS protest had brought to the fore some germane questions about police system and Administration.
He said that apart from excesses of some police officers that were under focus with the #EndSARS protest, there was also the issue of the reform and structure of the police.
“It is also important to note that while we can not absolve in totality the police from allegations against them, we can not also used the few bad eggs to make general and hasty statements about the entire police system.
” We need to continue to encourage, motivate and support the police to be more effective, professional and trusted partners to achieve peace and security.
” No doubt, there are many good men and officers of repute in the police force. Even during the subsequent violence that trailed the #EndSARS protest, we had stories of police stations that were not tampered with because of the respect and love the people of those areas have for their police officers in such stations,” he said.
The governor advised the public to be circumspect in what they believed or shared on the social media,” so that we do not end up being unwitting recruits and purveyors or fake news with its dire consequences for peace and security in the society.
In his remarks, the Deputy Inspector General of Police, Adeleye Oyebade, also strssed the need for community policing, saying that it was going to address most of the issues raised by the youths.
“The way forward is community policing so that we can close gap with members of the public especially the youths so that we can get your ideas which will make us police you better.
” The way forward is community policing, so that we can collaborate and cooperate with ourselves.
” The youths are the highest number in the community, we need you to contribute your own quota and we are going to work together with other sister agencies to police you better.
” The police reform being clamored for is already on the table of the Inspector General of Police, Muhammed Adamu for immediate action,” he said.