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EndSARS: How Ile-Ife averted crisis – Ooni

Fisayo Akinduro, Osogbo

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Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi has disclosed that traditional security architecture saved Ife town from wanton destruction of property when hoodlums hijacked the EndSARS protest in some parts of the state.
This is as the monarch added that policing is everybody’s business and should be treated as a priority.
A statement issued by the Palace Director of Media and Publicity, Moses Olafare disclosed that the monarch stated this while hosting the new Osun State Commissioner of Police, Olawale Olokode at his palace in Ile-Ife.
The monarch explained that it was easy to manage the crisis that trailed the controversial #EndSARS protests in Ile-Ife, because the town already has a traditional way of conflict resolution which was deployed successful.
“Unlike some places where buildings were burnt, property looted and police structures attacked, we swung into action and our existing traditional security structure supplied necessary intelligence which we used to stop crimes from happening.
“All these were however done with the knowledge and supports from the Nigeria Police and we are proud.
“Currently, we are having a pocket of security challenges particularly in the areas of cultism and drug abuse. We need you to help us in this area and others identified by you and I am sure that you have the capacity to perform optimally.” The Ooni admonished.
Earlier in his address, the Commissioner of Police, Olawale Olokode, described his return to the state as a stern warning to criminally minded people who have only two choices to made which is to either change their ways or leave the state to avoid being crushed by the police.

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