By Kolawole Olayinka, Abeokuta
The new Commissioner of Police in Ogun state, Edward Ajogun has warned officers of the state police command to refrain from any form of misconduct as well as other acts that will force him to apply force on them.
CP Ajogun said police officers are public servants and under a democratic dispensation.
He stressed that officers must always bear in mind that the people own the police.
The new police boss stated this on Thursday in Abeokuta during the handing over ceremony from the outgoing Commissioner of Police, Kenneth Ebrimson held at the Police headquarters, Eleweran, Abeokuta, Ogun State.
He said any act of misconduct would be viewed seriously, stressing that the life of every citizen in the state matters a lot to him.
Ajogun emphatically declared that misuse of firearms and extrajudicial killings by any police operatives under his command would not be tolerated as such members of the civilian populace should be treated with utmost respect and dignity.
Ajogun also instructed men and officers of the command under him, to be prepared to respect the basic tenets, which included the rule of law and fundamental rights of the citizens, noting that police is presently policing democracy.
He said, “Citizens can ventilate their grievances through protest and demonstrations in a peaceable and orderly manner. The command will, however, be decisive in handling violent conduct, particularly where lives and properties are threatened.
“Let me quickly remind all policemen that they are public servants and that every member of the public deserves their respect and that any act of misconduct will be viewed seriously. I, therefore, appealed to the general public to reciprocate by giving back to policemen, deserving respect and cooperation”.
He said the Ogun command under his watch would try as much as possible to “counsel, warn and appeal to the persons involved to maintain peace, disperse peacefully and seek (ADR) rather than engaging in violence and disruption. The use of weapons would only be justified by circumstances and in accordance with laws and only when it is absolutely necessary “.
Ajogun assured the people of the state that the entire workforce would be driven and guarded tirelessly towards making Ogun state a better place to live and invest in.
He vowed that the police under his command would take the battle to the dens of kidnappers, cultists, drug dealers, and sea pirates, traffickers.
Earlier the outgone Commissioner for Police, CP Kenneth Ebrimson thanked the State Governor Prince Dapo Abiodun for his logistics support towards providing patrol vehicles, power bike and communication gadgets.
He, therefore, charged the officers and men to extend the same support given to him to the new CP.