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Kidnapping: DIG, Alabi charges officers on professionalism

DIG Sylvester Alabi, Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) in charge of the South-West, has charged officers on professionalism in order to eradicate any form of kidnapping activities in the zones.

Alabi made the call while addressing the officers and men of the Ondo State command yesterday in Akure, the state capital.

The DIG, who said that his visitation was in directive of the Inspector General of Police (IG) Egbetokun to all the zonal DIGs to assess security situations of all the zones.

The DIG, who said that time had come for men and officers to engage community and religious leaders to tackle criminality in society, said that fighting crime in the southwest had yielded positive results but needed to do more.

According to him, when something happens unexpectedly, it is the duty of an officer to go back to the drawing board and strategize.

“Policing is not a tea party; it is a very serious, tedious, physically and mentally challenging job. So, it’s a job that entails total commitment and total dedication because we owe members of the public a duty to secure their lives and properties.

“Generally, the southwest is one of the most peaceful zones we have in the country today, but I don’t want you to be carried away so that you will not get embarrassed.

“So, it’s time for you to double your efforts and ensure that the pockets of occasional kidnapping and occasional armed robbery that we experience become a thing of the past.

“We need to sit down and do a serious plan toward eradicating completely any incident of kidnapping in Ondo State,” he said.

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Alabi, therefore, called on officers and men to imbibe the ethics of the job, saying corruption and extortion would not be condoned.

“As police officers, you can do your job and earn a good living without delving into all those unprofessional and unethical conduct.

“I am admonishing you to desist from that, and it is better for you to attract goodwill for yourself from well-meaning Nigerians.

“Because if you do your job diligently and show that you are a man of integrity, you will be loved by people and gain more confidence and trust from them,” he said.

In his speech, AIG Abiodun Asabi, Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of zone 17, reassured the DIG that the zone would continue to fall in line with the agenda of the Inspector General of Police.

“We are not going to rest on the accolades that our zone is the most peaceful in the country; we will continue to push our zone more to be free from any form of criminality,” he said.

In his welcome address, CP Abayomi Oladipo, Commissioner of Police in Ondo State, who appreciated the DIG’s visit, said that the command would continue to engage officers and men in professional conduct for effective service delivery.

“Our display of professionalism during the governorship primary elections in the state came to bear as we were nonpartisan and followed the guiding principles laid down in the electoral act.

“Currently, the command has mapped out plans to ensure that the state is devoid of actions and inactions that can heat up the polity.

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Abayomi explained that he had a meeting with the political stakeholders and all relevant organizations involved in electoral activities, calling on political contestants to warn their supporters not to cause chaos in the state.

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