Osun Speaker charges police on effectiveness
From Fisayo Akinduro, Osogbo
Nigeria police have been charged to improve on security by deploying officers to strategic areas in order to curb crimes.
The Speaker, Osun state House of Assembly, Dr Najeem Salaam gave the charge during a courtesy visit by the state Commissioner of Police, Mrs Abiodun Ige and other senior police officers, to the state House of Assembly.
The Speaker, while speaking on the rate of kidnapping in the state tasked the police to apprehend perpetrators of the dastardly act.
Salaam said Osun, which was known to be a peaceful and crime free state, would need effective policing to retain the standard which it was known for.
He charged the police to open security posts along the expressway and strategic places within the state.
The Speaker also advocated community policing, stating that the work of security was not only limited to law enforcement agencies, but also the responsibility of traditional rulers and people of the community.
He therefore advised the people to remain vigilant and report strange gatherings of people in their communities to security agents.
He said as one of the responsibilities of the legislature, the House would advise the executive on measures and policies that would improve the security of the state and also support the police.
He urged the police to have a good relationship, especially with the artisans and market women in order to give useful information about criminal around them.
He advised security operatives to work diligently with good human relationship as they will one day become civilians after their retirement.
The Commissioner of Police in her response, applauded the lawmakers for their peaceful disposition which made the state one of the best in the country in terms of peace and security.
Ige promised to work harder in providing adequate security to protect lives and properties in the state.
She urged the lawmakers to make legislations that would make the efforts of the police in curbing crimes in the state, well recognized by the people.