Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Abiodun Ige Adams, has charged the Inspector General of Police, Muhammed Adamu, on the need to be proactive in tackling the various security issues in the country.
Speaking during a meeting with the representatives of the Inspector General of Police,at his Omole Phase 2 residence in Lagos, Adams restated his believe in using local security men to boost police anti-crime operations.
He advised that the best approach was to get people at the grassroots involved in security operations.
He told the top police hierarchy that as the Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, there were pressures on him to act on the challenging insecurity in the South West.
Adams, said that the Oodua Peoples Congress(OPC) was ready to partner with the police to address security challenges in the country stating that the group had a history successes recorded against kidnapping, banditry and other social vices.
“I commend the Inspector General of Police on this move. The visit, as far as I am concerned, is a welcome development and it will go a long way in solving the menace” .
” The security situation in the country is becoming too worrisome with cases of killings, kidnapping,raping and banditry are prevalent across the southwest states, and there is an urgent need to curb the menace”
Responding, Chief of Staff to the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Jude Nwankor, who led the police delegation, said the reason for the visit was to seek Adams’ support.
He said the police would be willing to partner with the Yoruba leader, giving his deep knowledge and experiences at the grassroots.
“We are happy to relate with you as a prominent voice in Yorubaland. We know there is no way we can secure the grassroots without local intelligence.
“The IG has indicated interest in seeking your assistance and support and that is why we are here to tell you that the police as an institution is ready to partner with you”, he said
Reflecting on the visit, Osuntokun described the emissary as a long- awaited realistic disposition towards apprehending and containing the security challenges in the country.
He said the synergy would help to stem the spread of Fulani banditry and associated crimes in the South West.
Meanwhile, Mogaji Gboyega Adejumo, charged the police authority to engage indigenous police personnel in information gathering.
He said the people that understand the local terrain in information gathering were in the best position to gather information saying the role of OPC in security intelligence and gathering could not be over emphasized.
Other personalities present at the meeting, include chief Akin Osuntokun, Mogaji, Gboyega Adejumo, Asoju Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Barrister Yinka Oguntimehin,Assistant General Secretary of OPC, Mr. Lasun Ogunfowokan. Others were Chief Superintendent of Police Peter Gana and Mrs Stella Gowon.
Adams presented a letter to the IG representatives assuring of his support towards tackling insecurity.