By Adeola Oladele, Ibadan
The new Commissioner of Police, Oyo State Command, Mr. Leye Oyebade, has canvassed a robust public -private partnership in the implementation of community policing being adopted by the present administration, saying the task of security should be seen by all stakeholders as a joint effort, in order to achieve an enduring success.
He made the call at an interactive session with representatives of civil society groups and security stakeholders across the state who converged on Eleyele State Headquarters of the Command in Ibadan.
He reassured of his “determination not only to combat heinous crimes such as kidnapping and cultism, but also to prevent the issues of insurgency and terrorism acts in the whole of the state.”
In attendance at the stakeholders’ conference were representatives of vigilante groups, farmers, community leaders, youth leaders, hoteliers, NURTW, RTEAN, Okada riders, students, clergymen, Hausa and Igbo communities and local government officials.
The recurring problem of the Fulani/Bororo, particularly in the border towns of Oke-Ogun and Ibarapa areas of Oyo State, dominated the conference as several stakeholders highlighted the havocs allegedly perpetrated by the invaders on their farms in the recent times.
In his contribution, a representative of the farmers’ group from a farm settlement in Iseyin lamented that “the Bororo Fulani had virtually become notorious in their hostility to the villagers as they forcefully drove us out of our farms with dangerous weapons.”
The state’s police boss, however, reassured the stakeholders that “a new era” has come with the adoption of community policing where the police will partner with members of the public in the area of information gathering and action, adding that the authorities in Abuja are not resting on their oars on how to deal decisively with any issue bothering on insurgency in all its ramifications.
While seeking public support in providing useful information, he promised that this would, at all times, be treated with utmost confidentiality.
In the same vein, the police commissioner enjoined all officers and men of the command to imbibe the virtues of humility, honesty and hard work in their operations, while assuring that he would do everything humanly possible to curb the menace of extortion to the barest minimum under the present dispensation.
He also promised to free all the highways across the state of all encumbrances of men of the underworld through effective patrol and surveillance mounted by officers and men.