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Insecurity: Gani Adams receives IGP, urges him to be proactive

...says OPC ready to partner for solution

Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Adams, has charged the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Muhammed Adamu, on the need to be proactive in tackling the various security issues in the country, declaring that security situation in Nigeria was becoming too worrisome.

Iba Adams gave the counsel on Tuesday while speaking during a meeting with the representatives of the IGP led by Mr. Jude Nwankor, restating his beliefs in boosting local security, even as he said the best measure was to get people at the grassroots involved in local security.

Personalities, who joined the Aare to receive the IGP team include Chief Akin Osuntokun, Mogaji Gboyega Adejumo, Barrister Yinka Oguntimehin, Mr. Lasun Ogunfowokan, the Assistant General Secretary of Oodua People’s Congress (OPC), among others.

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The Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland told the top police hierarchy that there were pressures on him to act on the issues but quickly said that the OPC, which had history of winning the war against kidnapping, banditry and other social vices, was ready to partner with the police in solving the menace across the country.

“I commend the Inspector General of Police on this move. The visit, as far as I am concerned, is a welcome development and it goes a long way in solving the menace.

“The security situation in the country is becoming too worrisome with cases of killings, kidnapping, raping and banditry prevalent across the South- West states, and there is an urgent need to curb the menace,” Iba Adams said.

Responding, Nwankor, who is the Chief of Staff to the IGP, said the reason for the visit was to seek Adams’ support in solving the security challenges in the country.

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He said the police would be willing to partner with the Aare Ona Kakanfo as a Yoruba leader, giving his deep knowledge and experiences in the grassroots.

“We are happy to relate with you as a prominent voice in Yorubaland. We know there is no way we can secure the grassroots without local intelligence.

“The IG has indicated interest in seeking your assistance and support and that is why we are here to tell you that the police as an institution is ready to partner with you,” he said.

Reflecting on the visit, Chief Osuntokun described the emissary as “a long-awaited realistic disposition towards apprehending and containing the security crisis bedeviling the country, opening that the synergy would go a long way in stemming the trend of rural Fulani banditry and associated crimes in the South- West.

Also speaking, Mogaji Gboyega Adejumo charged the police authority to engage indigenous police personnel in information gathering.

According to him, the people that understand the local terrain in information gathering are in the best position to gather information, declaring the role of OPC in security intelligence and gathering cannot be overemphasized.

At the end of the meeting, Adams later presented a letter to the IG, wherein he indicated his support, while also proffering solutions to the insecurity challenges across the country.

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