The Ogun State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Akingbolahan Adeniran, has said the state government will parley with the leadership of the state police command, as part of efforts to strengthen the security network and ensure hitch-free inauguration of Amotekun security outfit in the state.
Adeniran made this known during a courtesy call to the office of the Ogun State Police Commissioner, Eleweeran, Abeokuta.
He said Amotekun was established to provide security for residents of the state against hooliganism, kidnapping, armed robbery and cultism, noting that it was instituted to counter or compete with Federal Government’s apparatus in the country.
He assured the police of state government commitment to strengthen and improve on the security of lives and property of the entire country through the formation of Amotekun outfit.
“Indeed, it is obvious that formation of Amotekun was not to compete or flex muscles with in the police, State Security Services (SSS), Civil Defence and other security outfit but to complement the efforts of the existing government’s securities in the country,”Adeniran said.
He said that government needs the support of the police especially in the area of sensitive operations, which has to do with interpretation of laws and area of Administration of Criminal Justice Law (2017), monitoring to ensure the implementation of the law, which would be Co-chaired by the Chief Judge and State Attorney-General.
He added that the law could not be viable and completed without the representatives of police, noting that police has potential in the implementation of Law, as they were the law enforcement agents in the country.
Adeniran said the Violence Against Persons Prohibition Law, Review of Land Grabbing Laws, Sexual Harassment Laws Laws on Kidnapping and others need to do with police for a more effective and efficient approach.
He also assured the police command leadership of the establishment of forensic centre at the Police Headquarter to complement their work, for thorough investigative purposes, and to reduce business of cyber crime in the state.
“Though, I really appreciate the state police command for the meritorious work in fighting crimes in the state, kidnapping has reduced in the state, armed robbery, land grabbing and other social vices has also reduced, but they really need state government attention too, to complement their work”, Adeniran added
In his submission, the Ogun State Police Commissioner, CP. Kenneth Ebrimson, said security was everybody business, noting that it was not the monopoly of Police to secure lives and property but to collectively tackle the menace of insecurity in the state.