By Ajibola Abayomi,
The Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Abiodun Ige Adams, has declared readiness to continue to work with the Nigeria Police to fight crime in the South West as he said the partnership was already achieving positive results.
He gave the assurance during a visit to the Lagos State Commissioner for Police, Zubairu Muazu.
The leader of the Oodua People’s Congress (OPC) said he was ready to support the Lagos state Police authority towards strengthening the security architectures in the state.
Speaking at the weekend, during a courtesy call to the CP’s office in Ikeja, Aare Adams said efforts were being made to work out effective modalities to fight insecurity in the state.
He admitted that the partnership between the police and the OPC was beginning to yield positive results with other relevant groups coming on board as partners.
The Yoruba Generalissimo informed the commissioner of the various efforts he had put in place since the Inspector- General of Police, Muhammadu Adamu and the Southwest governors agreed to partner with the OPC under his leadership to combating insecurity in the region.
Part of the efforts put in place, he said, was the convocation of the Southwest Security Stakeholders’ Group (SSSG), a forum that comprised all relevant security groups and the unveiling of a roadmap towards achieving the set objectives.
“So far, we have made significant progress since the IGP had expressed the readiness of the police to work with the OPC under my leadership. On that note that I would say the OPC and the police are partners in progress”.
“We have started work in earnest and everybody can attest to the fact that our efforts are beginning to yield positive results, especially, now that it is obvious that the rate of insecurity in the southwest has reduced tremendously in the past few weeks. We have set the pace and the signs are there for everybody to see that we are ready to secure the southwest and make the region safe for Nigerians. ”
The commissioner said Lagos state was becoming peaceful with zero tolerance for crime.
He said that the IGP was on top of the situation in the country, adding that the foundation laid down by his predecessors in the state had really helped the police in making significant breakthrough in creating a workable synergy between the police and the people at the grassroots.
“In recent time, the spate of insecurity has taken the centre stage across the country, however, I want to assure you that we are committed to providing the best security for Lagosians. We are committed to make the state safe for residents, and in doing our job, we are ready to partner with individuals or groups that can help the police to curb the spate of insecurity in Lagos and Nigeria as a whole”.
The commissioner also harped on information and intelligence gathering as panacea for peace, saying nobody can undermine the rate at which information spreads at the grassroots.
“We all know that information dissemination is key at all times, and the police is in the best position to dissect the information gathered. So, I think Aare Gani Adams’ visit is timely and it is a positive sign that things are taking good shape in the country, “he said.