Monday, April 21, 2014

Don’t write-off Nigeria police, AIG urges Nigerians

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Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar

The Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) in charge of Zone 11, Osogbo, Ebikeme Orubebe, has pleaded with Nigerians not to write-off  the Nigeria police inspite of some  inadequacies associated with the law enforcement agency.

He made the plea on Thursday at Orile-Igbon in Oyo State where  he inaugurated and took over two buildings housing the Divisional Police Station and Divisional Police Officer’s Quarters.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the buildings were donated by Oba Samuel Osungbade, the Olugbon of Orile Igbon.

Mr. Orubebe said that though the Nigeria Police had its shortcomings, Nigerians should support the Federal Government to improve the  image of the Force.

“Before the society would give anybody a name, they must have studied the person over a period of time.

“They have watched us before giving us a bad name.

“However, my appeal to the public is that they should not ignore and despise us  because we still remain the only alternative in  the protection of lives and property.

“We are disliked for exposing the ills in the society, but you should love us for providing security,” he said.

The AIG also  urged the rank and file of the Force to rise up  to the challenge of  improving  the image of the Force.

“The people look up to us for a number of things and we cannot continue to fail. We must rise up to meet their expectations,” he said.

He expressed appreciation to Mr. Osungbade for donating the buildings to the Nigeria police,  saying he was not surprised at the gesture.

“I have known the king since 1995 when he freely accommodated me in his hotel for nine months when I was newly posted to this town as DPO,’’ he said.

In his address, Mr. Osungbade said that the donation  was borne out of  the need to ensure adequate provision of  facilities to enhance security of lives and property.

“The police anywhere in the world are the first to look up to in securing lives and properties.

“Since I cannot do their work, I believe that with adequate tools, they will perform to expectation. This is my belief and hence my motivation,” he said.

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