Ajimobi Accuses Highly Placed Individuals Of Shielding Criminals

 Ajimobi Accuses Highly Placed Individuals Of Shielding Criminals

AjimobiThe Governor of Oyo state, Abiola Ajimobi has accused highly placed individuals of shielding criminals in the society.
To mitigate rising crime in the communities within the state, the governor advised eminent persons including traditional rulers, captains of industry and politicians in the state not to shadow or spare any criminal in the state.
Ajimobi said instead of shadowing or sparing them for personal or selfish reasons, they should expose them (criminals) in the interest of the state and the general public to rid the state of criminal activities.
Represented by his deputy, Chief Moses Alake Adeyemo, the governor said this known on Mondayin Ibadan, the state capital during the inauguration of the state Eminent Persons Forum at the Police Headquarters in Eleyele, Ibadan.
According to him, most of the eminent persons not only in the state are the one who usually pick their phones to call security agencies to release their men for personal reasons.
He urged them not to continue with the act in the interest of the state.
Ajimobi said: “As traditional rulers, politicians, captains of industry, professionals we know who are criminals, it is the eminent persons that usually call the security agencies to release criminals. Please let us expose them.
“Also, let us protect the welfare of the police. In some circumstances, they also have to save their lives.
“It is the responsibility of all of us, all of us have responsibility to expose those criminals we know.
“When you talk about the developed countries, it is not the police that go after criminals, it is the technology, let us make emphasis on modern technology, we can also have traditional ways of exposing criminals so that things can also work.”
He then assured the police of the continued support of the state government in a bid to tackle crimes in the state.
“I want to assure you that Oyo state government will continue to support the police so that we can have peace in the state, there is no any other job for the government than to protect the lives and property in the state, we are ready to continue to get the state secured.
“I am appealing to the eminent persons to support the state also, you are aware we have a security trust fund, government cannot do it alone, let us make sure we are security conscious,”the governor said.
The State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Samuel Adegbuyi told the gathering that the forum was in line with the directive of the Acting Inspector General of Police, Mr. Idris Ibrahim to state police commands to constitute Eminent Persons Forum in their respective states across the federation.
The Vice Chancellor, University of Ibadan, Professor Idowu Olayinka who was represented by the Deputy Vice Chancellor Administration, Professor Emilolorun Ayelari called for an improved welfare package for police officers, adding that the current accommodation for police men is very poor and dehumanising .
Others who spoke at the forum included traditional rulers and chiefs lauded the initiative and pledged their support.
In attendance at the meeting included , the Otun Olubadan, High Chief Lekan Balogun and High Chief Eddy Oyewole who led the Olubadan-in-Council, Baale of Ekotede Chief Taiwo Ayorinde leader of Igbo community in the state, Dr Alex Anozie and Chief Olapade Agoro among others.
Others included representatives of religious groups, Igbo General Assembly, Hausa and Fulani communities, traditional rulers, market women, farmers association among others.


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