By Richard Thomas, Ibadan
The Commissioner of Police, Oyo State Command, CP Shina Olukolu psc(+), has appealed to all stakeholders and the entire peace-loving good citizens of the state involved in the administration of local government to be circumspect in their respective efforts at managing their respective demands on the daily administration of local government and LCDA.
He demanded of them to prevent a descent to unpalatable and unintended consequences.
According to a release through the Police Public Relation Officer with reference AZ:5250/OY/PPRO/VOL5/130/, the CP said it is the constitutional responsibilities of the Nigeria Police Force to amongst other duties, protect lives and properties, maintain laws and order, arrest, investigate and prosecute offenders and the due enforcement of all laws and extant enactments in accordance with the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended and the Police Acts and Regulations.
Consequently, CP Olukolu said the role of the Police in the current issues surrounding the administration of Local Governments in Oyo State should not be seen as a face-off but as part of the professional Police efforts geared towards the performance of its constitutional responsibilities.
“As the Police continue to strive to provide adequate security at the respective Local Government offices; nonetheless, the Stakeholders are enjoined to refrain from acts or cause of action that may lead to the breakdown of laws and order, lawlessness, and subsequent avoidable shedding of blood, injuries or damage to properties.
“It is our hope that the issues at stake/unintended lock jam will eventually be addressed to the satisfaction of all the groups concerned and in the best interest of the entire people of Oyo State who have no other State that they can call their own.”
The police commissioner, therefore, warned social miscreants, criminal-minded individuals and groups to stay clear from the premises of the Local Governments and LCDAs as the Police will not allow any such developments.
The law-abiding members of the Public are however assured of their safety and advised to go about their lawful businesses in an atmosphere of peace and tranquility devoid of any molestation, intimidation or threat whatsoever.
He also urged to continue to partner with the Police to enable them to collectively deal with the criminal elements in our midst.