By Richard Thomas, Ibadan
Police in Oyo State have been charged to henceforth discharge their duty in line with the provision of rule of law and fundamental human rights as enshrined in the nation’s constitution.
The charge was given by the Inspector General of Police, IGP Adamu Mohammed at the Command Headquarters Eleyele, Ibadan on Thursday.
IGP Adamu who was ably represented by the Deputy Inspector General of Police, Research and Planning, DIG Leye Oyebade admonished the ranks and files in the command to key into the transformation agenda of the IGP which include tenets of fundamental human right and rule of law.
According to him, the transformation agenda was part of measures to address and check infrastructural decay in the police system, and with a view to promoting community policing and its concepts.
“The concept of community policing includes ideals of Intelligence-led policing such as tenets of fundamental human rights and rule of law.
“Understanding the nature of the pandemic, overcrowding in the cell, the safety of personnel, social distancing, zero tolerance for corruption, professionalism- social media challenge, honesty, diligence, perseverance, and discipline.
DIG Leye Oyebade who is also the supervising DIG in charge of South-West geopolitical zone will tomorrow commission the Police Community Relation Committee (PCRC), on behalf of the IGP.
“Community policing is all about preventing crime and be proactive. I urge you all to comply with the new transformation agenda of the IGP, We don’t have to continue to do the old policing which was to arrest and investigate, but the new concept which is intelligence policing”.
“Intelligence policing includes inviting the person with dignity and respect which is attached to fundamental human rights and the rule of law.
The DIG while urging them to be diligent during prosecution said the concept of community policing is partnership tenable and approved by the IGP and the president of the country.
He said, “It is a new concept which is working, the president gave us an assignment to fashion out community policing strategy, assuring that with the cooperation of the NGO’s, members of the public, artisans and members of the press, it would give us the police of our own.”
The DIG used the occasion to decorate 34 newly promoted police officers at the command.