Michael Olanrewaju, Osogbo.
The public presentation of crime prevention jingles by Osun State Police Command headquarters in Osogbo has attracted commendation from the Osun State Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola, prominent traditional rulers, academia, security agencies, members of the Police Community Relations Committee (PCRC), leadership of transport unions and other stakeholders.
Governor Rauf Aregbesola, who was represented by his Chief of Staff, Alhaji Adegboyega Oyetola after establishing that the essence of Government is security and welfare pledged to take over the jingle as an artistic master piece for the State just as he commended the State Police Command in making the state one of the most peaceful in the country. He added that inspite of paucity of funds; the State Commissioner of Police has been doing wonderfully well.
He added that successes recorded would not have been achieved if not for effective leadership provided by the Commissioner of Police Olafimihan Adeoye, even despite the fact that the state Government has provided the Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) and other logistics needed to perform their duties.
Calling on parents to take their responsibility of parenting their children and wards serious if they want an assured future, Aregbesola said that parents must educate their children to avoid going into crime just as he opined that some of our youths have gone into crime out of sheer youthful exuberance or ignorance of the consequences, he enjoined parents to continually disseminate information that prevent their children going into crime to them.
The Orangun of Oke-Ila, Oba Adedokun Abolarin, Aroyinkeye11 while commending the State Police Command described the jingle as the linkage the traditional institutions and the police in crime prevention. He bemoaned the loss of Professor Akinwumi Ishola and Pa Adebayo Faleti who were great artists like Pa Alabi Ogundepo that performed on the jingles.
Oba Abolarin called on the re-orientation of our youths from social malaise like yahoo yahoo, 419 by which they are swindling people of their funds and giving negative image to the country.
Lauding Commissioner Adeoye whom he has described as workaholic, lover of man and peace, the monarch opined that the Commissioner’s ability to understand that security is all about prevention spurred him into introducing ingenuity and creativity into the police.
Lauding the Assistant Inspector General of Police, Zone 11, AIG Agboola Glover-Oshodi who he described as always neat, smart, fit and young, he said the combination with the Commissioner of Police has changed the negative image always associated with the police. Thus, he admonished Nigerians not to despair saying Nigeria would be great again.
The Vice Chancellor of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Professor Ogunbodede in his remark gave kudos to the State Police Command in ensuring peace in the campus with its over 35,000 population. Describing the presented jingle as an “entirely application of brain novelty by the State Police Command”, he called for greater synergy between the University and the security agencies just as he called for support for the police on the artistic jingle.
Commending the Police, the State Chairman of Police Community Relations Committee, Comrade Amitolu Shittu described the jingle as a product of hardwork, sincerity and commitment by the Police leadership.
Earlier, in his address, the AIG, zone 11 reeled out the functions of the police like crime prevention, repression, provision of services, protection off lives and properties, among others. He disclosed the directives of the office of the Inspector General of Police to ensure that the country is rid of proliferation of illegal arms which has exercabated the herders/farmers clash in the country, saying anyubody that fails to submit such arms before or on the March 14, 2018 would be prosecuted.
He also appealed to parents to discourage the youths to stay away from illicit drugs