THE Ekiti State governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose, has charged the new police commissioner in the state, Mr Abdullahi Chafe, to help sustain the peace currently being enjoyed in the state.
Fayose who received the police boss in his office during the week, admonished him to focus on police work, shun politics and emulate his predecessors who he said were professionals and worked assiduously for Ekiti to be crime-free.
According to a press statement issued by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Idowu Adelusi, the governor said crime rate in the state was very low, life and property were properly secured, advising the police to perform their duties without bias.
Fayose reiterated his commitment to ensuring that Ekiti State, under his watch, would continue to enjoy the relative peace, noting that there has never been any case of political killing since he assumed office.
The governor assured the police boss of his readiness to collaborate with the police authorities and other security agencies to rid the state of any form of crime.
He said he received the posting of Mr Chafe to the state with mixed feeling but promised to give the police commissioner benefit of doubt and collaborate with him as he did with his predecessors.
Earlier, the Commissioner of Police, Mr Chafe, said the visit became necessary in order to familiarise with the governor and inform him of the challenges faced by the police in the state.
He said he was posted to the state to protect life and property, adding, “I will put my long years of professional experience into the job to sustain the current peace being enjoyed in the state,” said the police commissioner.
He appealed to the governor to release land for their housing units and to have security base for counterterrorism promising that Ekiti state would witness peace during his stay.
Meanwhile, Governor Fayose has challenged clergymen across the country to continue to pray for the survival of the nation
The governor made the statement while playing host to the Secretary of Conference of Methodist Church Nigeria, Rt. Rev.Michael Akinwale, in his office .
Fayose said that men of God must speak up against the mass killing of both Christian and non- Christian faithful currently going on in the northern part of the country
He noted that the country needs prayers now than ever in order to get out of the current economic recession and to live as one united country where everyone could live to their potentials.
Earlier, Rt.Rev.Michael Akinwale, who said he is a son of the soil, said he decided to visit the governor in order to identify with his laudable programmes.
The clergyman described Fayose as a visionary and people-oriented leader,a grassroot man who has been divinely appointed by God to speak up against oppression and tyranny.