By Tola Gbadamosi
The new Ondo State Commissioner of Police, Oladimeji Abiodun Asabi, on Tuesday assumed duty as the 43rd police boss in the state.
The CP took over from CP Taiwo Jesubiyi, who retired after 35 years in service to the nation.
The new CP expressed his appreciation to the Ag. Inspector General of Police, IGP Egbetokun Olukayode Adeolu , for the confidence reposed in him, stating that he would do everything humanly possible to justify the trust.
While addressing newsmen at the maiden press briefing on Tuesday, CP Asabi promised to engage bodies and stakeholders in community policing in the state through mutual cooperation.
‘I am going to encourage our DPO’s and Area Commanders to work with all stakeholders in their respective divisions. Because you know like I said, we cannot do this alone. Even some divisions have limited manpower. But we are not going to say because of limitations, we would not do our job,”he said.
The CP who said he was earlier in the state as an Area Commander, assured that the security in the state would take a new shape.
He said,” With the cooperation of the management team and all police officers, there’s no doubt, we are taking security to a higher level.
“Serving delivery is the core discipline in my tenure. We are going to ensure that we deliver. People might have be coming before, but this would be a different ball game. I want to look forward to the citizens’ cooperation and support, because security is not something the police can do alone. The cooperation of the good people of the Sunshine state would take us further.”
He emphasised cooperation with other neighbouring states to curb crime in the state.
“Because there was a time we decided to train some people for constabulary,. Some of them are not being utilized now. What we would do is to make sure that all stakeholders in this tenure in their respective places would be brought together and we would encourage the DPO’s to work together with them,”he stated.
He also assured that they would involve all the traditional rulers, market women, motor and riders associations to work with them.
He said, “Some people do not know that our aim is to satisfy the people. I believe that the people should realize as well, that they need to cooperate with us. By so doing, I believe that the community policing we are talking about would be enhanced.
“We would form some committees at the divisional level and the state level, and utilize the advice of the committees.”
CP Asabi hails from Ayedadun Local Government Area of Osun State. He was enlisted into the Nigerian Police Force in the year 1990.