Thursday, 20 December 2012

Good Governance Will Check Crime, Says Oyo Police Boss - Leadership



To check the rising rate of kidnapping, terrorism and other criminal activities, the Oyo State  Police Commissioner,  Mr Joseph Mbu, on Thursday urged Nigerian  leaders to provide good governance, jobs and infrastructure.

CSP Olatunji Disu
Mbu made the call in Ibadan at a symposium on ``Tackling Kidnapping, Hijack and Terrorism in Nigeria’’ organised by an NGO,  Global Alternative Agenda.

Represented by CSP Olatunji Disu, the Western zone Coordinator, Anti-terrorism Squad of the Nigeria  Police, Mbu said  criminal activities  had placed tremendous pressure on security agencies.

He urged the people to support security agencies in eradicating crime, adding that adequate and timely information would help  in carrying out their duties.

Mr Clement Adesuyi, the  Commandant, Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC), Oyo Command, said peace was necessary for development.

Represented by Mr Alao Sulu, Assistant Commandant of Corps, Adesuyi said eternal  vigilance was the price for  freedom.

According to him, no Nigerian is immune from crime considering the kidnapping of high ranked people.

The Chief Whip of Oyo State House of Assembly, Mr Abiodun Adigun, said political leaders should shun display of wealth and oppression and serve the electorate to the best of their abilities.

``The people will definitely react in situations where  political office holders flaunt their wealth and fail to provide basic infrastructure needed by the people,’’ he said.

Mr Waliu Adekunle, the Chairman of the House Committee on Works and Transport, blamed the rising spate of terrorism and kidnapping on bad leadership and influence of foreign culture.

Adekunle promised to ensure the domestication of the anti-terrorism bill in the state.

The President of the Global Alternative Agenda, Mr Oludare Ogunlana, urged the people to pay more attention to their security  as the nation was gradually overcoming its  security challenges.

Ogunlana said the nation started the fight against terrorism ``  blindly’’, adding that military action ought to be the last resort  after intelligence, economic sanctions and law enforcement.

A media professional,Mr Edmond Obilo, urged journalists to exercise caution in reporting terrorism as unnecessary publicity often  turn out a boost to terrorism.

Obilo implored government to close Nigeria's borders, equip the security agencies and make policies that would improve the people's living standard.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Mr Mohammed Abubakar, the Inspector General of Police,  and Mr Zaccheus Adelabu, Commissioner of Finance, Oyo State were both named Man and Administrator of the Year respectively by the NGO.

Obilo and the Channels Television bagged the Media Man and Media of the Year awards.

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