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Yesterday, the Nigerian Police Force (NPF) apologised to Nigerians for the excesses of certain police officers that culminated in last year’s #EndSARS protests, stressing that the police have learned their lessons and that adequate measures are being taken to insure successful police action in the region.
The new Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) in charge of Zone 11, consisting of Oyo and Osun states, Agunbiade Oluyemi, confirmed this during his visit to Oyo State, where he was received by the new Police Commissioner (CP), Mrs. Ngozi Onadeko.
Oluyemi, who met with strategic players in the security architecture of the state, including social, conventional and business leaders, as well as the Police Community Relations Committee (PCRC), also held a private meeting with the state’s top police officers.
He believed that several Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) operatives had overlooked the point when they began arresting alleged Internet fraudsters, undergraduates, and other youths on national roads with laptops.
He also advised members of the public to complain to the Mufti police that the Force Headquarters had ordered all officers who had to carry out road or highway duties to wear their uniforms.
He also warned citizens against the identification of crime and illegal behaviour by a single ethnic group, noting that such activities could lead to an ethnic crisis.
“We want all stakeholders to appeal to members of the public that the police are now back stronger and we are ready to work for the people. We will have a robust relationship with the public and we want Nigerians to have confidence in us and give us useful information.
“There is no way criminals will overcome us. The crimes they commit affect all of us in one way or another. We won’t allow criminals to have their way and we have rolled out new strategies in tackling the criminals.
“The new Police Constabularies that were just recruited will be complementing the Force in intelligence gathering for effective service delivery and we have also marked out some strategies that will make our job easier and more effective,” he stated.
Oluyemi clarified that he had come to rekindle optimism among police officers and stakeholders about the need to collaborate with each other, adding, “It is also to give them a mantra from Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, about good public relations and addressing our men about the need for training and retraining to improve the potential, skill and skill of police officers.