The Aswani community on Wednesday echoed yet again the need for robust relationship between the public and the police. To the community, the rapport can remain cordial, if nurtured in mutual respect. ISIOMA MADIKE who was in the kingdom for the launch of the Police-Eminent Personalities Forum initiative in the neighbourhood, reports
Sequel to the directive issued by the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to police divisions across Nigeria to upgrade good relationship with the public, the Aswani Police Division has inaugurated its Eminent Personalities Forum (PEPF) for the Isolo Kingdom of Lagos State. The inauguration that was held at the palace of his Royal Majesty, the Osolo of Isolo Kingdom, Oba Kabiru Kolawole Alani Adelaja Agbabiaka, had the police officers and men, as well as elders who had contributed to development of the area, in attendance.
The monarch who chaired the occasion emphasised the need to maintain security in the area. He called on the attendees to henceforth consider security as paramount in the neighbourhood. Oba Agbabiaka insisted that there was no option to preserving the safety of the indigenes.
“This is by all means an enviable venture in view of the security challenges being faced by Nigeria in recent times. It is incumbent on all of us to support the Inspector General to succeed in this task,” the royal father said.
He added: “If we have gathered all these eminent people towards achieving the task of protecting our people, I believe it calls for greater commitment.”
The Oba thereafter pledged what he called unalloyed support for the group. “I am very pleased with the relationship that exists between the Aswani Divisional Police and my people, which I can proudly say is cordial and most rewarding. Indeed, ours can perfectly be a case study for police-community relations in Lagos State, if not the entire Nigeria.
“The peace that we have enjoyed in Isolo Kingdom bears testimony to what I have highlighted and I can only hope that the trend continues for a longer period. On my part, I will not cease to give unflinching support to the officers and men of the division in their efforts to sustain law and order in our community,” the monarch said.
The Kabiesi did not stop there. He extolled the leadership ability of the Divisional Police Officer, Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP), Akeem Adedeji. He said: “In a short time, he had enhanced professionalism of the workforce. The fact that the officers and men have earned regular promotion tells a lot about his sterling qualities,” he remarked.
The chairman, Police Community Relations Committee (PCRC), Aswani division, Hon. Muideen Adeleke Adegboyega, also commended the DPO, describing him as a committed and inspirational officer. “I am proud to say that Adedeji’s dynamic leadership is infectious,” he affirmed.
Adedeji, in his address, saw the challenge from the police IG as a welcome development. He, however, assured the gathering that his officers and men were equal to the task. “I have hardworking men and women who can stand their own any day and anywhere,” the DPO said of his workforce.
He, nonetheless, stressed the need for consistent information from the elders and other members of the community. “We acted on information in the past and we are still acting on information to ease our operations. This is exactly what we expect from the elders and members of this community. I am certain though that they will cooperate with us totally in this regard,” Adedeji said.
A total of 15 eminent personalities in Isolo, including Oba Agbabiaka, were unveiled by Adedeji, who immediately began processing of identity cards for the community elders. “I am determined to ensure the success of this venture,” he submitted, saying: “Everyone in my division is determined not to disappoint the IG.”