By Richard Thomas, Ibadan
The Commissioner of Police in Oyo State Police, CP Joe Enwonwu has reiterated the commitment of the command to ensure the safety and security of the general public in the state despite the challenges facing the police as a result of the #EndSARS protest that was hijacked by hoodlums across the country.
The Police boss made the submission at an interactive session organised by the state chapter of Freelance And Independent Broadcasters Association of Nigeria (FIBAN) to discuss general security issues and some developments which characterised the recent #EndSARS protest in the state.
The CP Enwonwu who was represented by Agodi DPO, CSP Oyekan Afeez said security issue is a constant phenomenon which needs to be well understood by the people and the police adding that the power of security lies in the power of observation.
He said, “A lot of things are degenerating because people have misunderstood the concept of security tenet of the police.
“The security issue is collective efforts between the police and the public.”
He said the time has come for us to change the narratives in order to move the nation forward, just as he decried the roles played by the social media for overblowing the whole thing during the protest.
While urging journalists to always investigate new development and their stories before going to press, the CP admonished men of the command to always base their service on the principles of three ‘H’ which include Hard work, Honesty and Humility as well as principles of three ‘F’, Friendliness, Fairness and Firmness
Speaking earlier, FIBAN Chairman, Comrade Seun Awodele said the police need the support of broadcasters, journalists and the general public to serve the public much better.
Comrade Awodele said the purpose of the interactive session was to bridge the gap between the police and the general public and ensure adequate security in the society.
It would be recalled that the recent #EndSARS protest was hijacked by hoodlums who attacked police stations, carted away arms and ammunitions and burned down police property.