By Taiwo Akinrinlola.
The Osun State Commissioner of Police Mr Olawale Olokede has been commended for creditably discharging his duties in the maintenance of peace in Osun State since he took over as commissioner about two years ago.
This commendation was given by His Grace, The Most Reveren’d Abiodun Olaoye, ARCHBISHOP of the ECCLESTIASTICAL PROVINCE of Ibadan Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion, during his visit to the Headquarters of the Osun state command of the Nigerian police .
According to Archbishop Olaoye ” We particularly salute the efforts of the Osun police command under your leadership on the relative peace and tranquility being enjoyed at this time. The atmosphere of the state has been so peaceful that the state remains one of the states in the country where residents can go about their lawful duties by the day and enjoy the luxury of sleeping with their two eyes closed at night. For this, Mr Commissioner, we commend and thank you very much ”
Archbishop Olaoye admitted that the tasks of the police had greatly doubled in the face of the enormous security challenges facing the country at the moment, he however encouraged them not to be discouraged in the face of any challenges they might encounter in their lines of duties.
He tasked government to pay special attention to the affairs of Nigerian police. saying “police are in the forefront of the fight against insecurity in this nation, Government should therefore take good care of anything relating to the welfare of officers and men of the entire police force. Families of police officers that pays supreme sacrifice in the cause of their should be well cared for by government ”
In order to carry along the civil populace abreast of security situations, Archbishop Olaoye advocated synergy between the police and the civil society which could be in form of periodic lectures and sensitisation programmes.
In doing this, Olaoye said the people would be well informed on security matters, stay away from anything related to crime and even be more enlightened to support police in fighting crime in their various communities.
While commending the efforts of the command in the peaceful conduct of the last gubernatorial elections in the state, Olaoye charge the police to brace up the more and record the same feat in the forthcoming General elections.
He assured the commissioner of police that the Anglican communion in Osun state would like to collaborate more with the police in strengthening community policing to checkmate security challenges in the state throughout the instrumentalities of preachings, teaching the words of God and prayers.
In his response, the commissioner thanked the Archbishop and his team for the visit.
He promised to look into the areas of their requests and suggestions which were all targeted at achieving peace for all and sundry within the society.
The commissioner equally tasked religious leaders to take the issues of Interceding by ways of praying for peace to reign during this turbulent period.
He noticed that most perpetrators of crime hides under religion, which to him, would be the more reason religious leaders should not hesitate to expose people of suspicious criminal tendencies in their folds.
He therefore assured that security of lives and properties which are the major responsibility of the police will not in anyway be taken with levity.
On the entourage of the Archbishop were his wife Mrs Omolara Olaoye, Their Lordships, The Rt Reveren’d Egbebunmi, Ilesa South West Diocese, The Rt Reveren’d Oyelade, ife East Diocese, Rt Reveren’d Prof Dapo Asaju, Ilesa Diocese, Rt Reveren’d Isaac Oluyamo Ijesa North Diocese, The Rt Reveren’d Babatunji, Osun Diocese and The Rt Reveren’d Fabuluje, Oke Osun Diocese and hosts of Provost, Archdeacons, Cannons and priests.
On hand with the commissioner of police to receive the Archbishop and his entourage were The Deputy Commissioner of police, finance, Mrs Hope Okafor,Assistant Commissioner of police Yahaya,Administration, Assistant Commissioner of Police Oyetunji Adesina. Operation and Supretendent of Police Opalola Yemisi Olawoyin State police Public Relations Officer PPRO.