Michael Olaneewaju, Ilorin.
The kwara state police commissioner, Mr. Kayode Egbetokun has charged officers under his command on importance of sustaining the peaceful atmosphere they have set in the state, as result of their commitment to duties.
Mr. Egbetokun gave the charge in Ilorin, during the command end of the year dinner and award night held at the Banquet Hall, opposite Government House Ilorin at the weekend.
Giving the account of the command achievements in the year past, the commissioner disclosed that they apprehended 275 criminal suspects across the state, including those behind the kidnapping of four Turkish nationals that were rescued alive.
According to him “my doggedness officers arrested 275 armed robbery and kidnap suspects in the last year alone with over forty five arms recovered from them. Although, Some of those criminals committed the offences outside kwara, and ran down here with believe that it would be an hideout place for them but they were eventually apprehended”
Egbetokun also made it known that all suspects involved in kidnapping of Four Turkish nationals that were kidnapped at Gbugbu in Edu local government area of kwara North and later rescued alive are part of their landmark achievement in the year past.
While, talking on the reason he believes his officers deserves special day like this, Egbetokun says, kwara is one of the most peaceful state in the country and its due to the level of commitment of security personnel in the state. he however, charged the officers to be more committed to duties and look beyond lack of lack commensurate appreciation from citizens.
“It is no secret that police force in this country gets more derision than praise for the effort it put into providing peace and security for citizens of this country in the most challenging environment and circumstances. But if not anyone else, we must appreciate ourselves for the fact that the state we are policing is peaceful”
The command, also recognised some outstanding officers that performed excellently on duties in the year past. The commissioner said “the recognised officers have been selected through a rigorous and objective process and it is our hope that their awards would be a source of motivation and inspiration for them to do more this year and as well serve as challenge to others”
The command also gives special awards to two private individuals, Alhaji AbdulGaniyu Omo-Ola, Director of KASMAG Motor park, as most friendly personality and Mrs. Elizabeth Egbetokun, wife of the state police commissioner, for her leadership quality and efforts in making life more meaningful for the police officers wife in the state.