Oyo not dwelling place for criminals, new CP warns

· Olubadan pledges support for new police boss

New Commissioner of Police in Oyo State, Samuel Adegbuyi, has vowed to sustain peace in the state, warning criminals to stay off.

Speaking at the Governor’s Office in company with the immediate past Commissioner of Police, Leye Oyebade, on Monday, Adegbuyi said, “No one should take the peace enjoyed in Oyo State for granted as Oyo is not a state for criminals to dwell.”

He appreciated the support of the state government in providing crime fighting equipment and communication gadget, calling for the continuation of joint efforts of all stakeholders in fighting crime.

“We will work hard, double our efforts towards prevention of crime and detection of crime, where it could not be prevented. I will take my time to study the crime situation to reengineer the logistics required in sustaining the peace that is already in existence in the state,” Adegbuyi said.

Adegbuyi was second in command at the Maritime Command in Lagos State and a former Commissioner of Police in Edo State.

In his remarks, Governor Abiola Ajimobi prayed for the success of the new CP, while assuring him of government’s support for the police force, noting that the police had fortified government’s commitment to peace and security in the state.

Ajimobi also praised the “commitment, ruggedness, professionalism, intellectualism and doggedness” of the immediate past commissioner of police.

He specially lauded Oyebade’s efforts in restructuring the “Operation Burst” team, addressing farmers/herdsmen clash and unravelling the persons behind the recent killing of member of the state House of Assembly, Honourable Gideon Aremu.

Speaking, CP Oyebade described Adegbuyi as a crime fighter, renowned for fighting cultism.

Meanwhile, the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji, has pledged his co-operation and that of Ibadan chieftaincy institution to security agencies in fighting crime to a standstill.

The monarch gave the pledge while receiving the new Police Commissioner, Oyo State, Mr Samuel Damilola Adegbuyi, in his palace at Popoyemoja, Ibadan.

Oba Adetunji stressed that the pledged had become necessary as the mandate of the police towards crime prevention and maintenance of law and order could not be carried out without the cooperation of the citizenry.

He lauded the outgoing police commissioner, Mr Leye Oyebade, for his impressive record of performance at the Oyo State Police Command. He expressed the hope that his successor would follow his footsteps.