By Richard Thomas, Ibadan
The Oyo State Commissioner of Police, CP Ngozi Onadeko said peace and calm have finally returned to Igangan area of Ibarapa in the state following the intervention and steps taken by the command to put the crisis which had rocked the area in control.
The police boss made the disclosure during a chat with Western Post at the Police Command in Ibadan.
According to her, the stakeholder’ meeting that was held at the Townhall in Igangan was fruitful as the Fulanis apologized.
She said, “There is calm and peace in Igangan as I speak. We went to the town hall to meet and the Fulanis begged. They said they were sorry for whatever be the reasons for the problems in the area. The host community too expressed what was annoying them too.
“The meeting was successful, and we pray to God that we will achieve a longlasting peace in Igangan”.
Speaking on measures being put in place by the command to tackle security problems in some parts of the state where there are security challenges, CP Onadeko said the command has increased visibility policing, adding that they are more into community policing and have increased their patrol to achieve the objectives.
“You can now see more of our men doing their work and we have been preaching peace to enable growth and development in our society,” she said.
The CP said crime should not be given any colouration because there are criminals whether Ibo, Hausa or Yoruba all over the place, adding that “we should promote peace and live as one peaceful legal citizen in order to fish out those perpetrating crimes and criminality in the state.”
She added that, “Once you are in Oyo State, whether you are a farmer, herder, trader or civil servants, so far you are doing your legal work, nobody will come after you. Those we are looking for are those who perpetrate crime criminality.”
“We have been reaching out to members of the public, the youths, market women, Okada riders, traditional rulers, community leaders, and others through stakeholders meeting to sensitize them on peaceful co-existence and the need to cooperate with the police to fish out criminals terrorising the state.
She said she has directed the Area Commanders and the DPOs to take the command’s peace campaign to the grassroots adding that we don’t need to resort to violence.
CP Onadeko said thorough investigations still ongoing, stressing that anyone found wanting will be made to face the full wrath of the law.