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I Met a Battered Police Force, We Need all the Support, Says Egbetokun

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The Inspector General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun, has said that he met a “battered” force when he assumed office.

Egbetokun spoke on Tuesday when he appeared before the house of representatives during a plenary session to brief the lower legislative chamber on the efforts of the police to secure the country.

Egbetokun said the police lack the facilities, equipment and other resources needed to run a functional force.

“Unfortunately, we met on the ground a police force that had been battered,” he told the house.

“A police force that has suffered serious neglect over the past few years. The police also find itself operating in a very difficult environment partly as a direct consequence of this neglect.”

Egbetokun said the manpower of the police is ‘grossly inadequate’, adding that ‘even the criminals know that’.

The IGP said the UN’s recommended 1:400 policing ratio is currently unachievable in Nigeria, noting that the current ratio stands at 1:1,000.

He said this calls for redoubling of manpower in the police force.

“We have 1,137 police divisional headquarters across 774 LGAs in Nigeria but getting operational vehicles for the division is difficult.

“Each of these divisions requires at least four functional vehicles but we have divisions that don’t have any functional operational vehicles as of today.

“The welfare of personnel is nothing to write home about. Funding is critical to achieving the mandate of the Nigerian police.

“Unfortunately, the citizens are not interested in our excuses for underperformance. What the citizens want is performance.

“They want us to serve them. We are willing to serve them but we need your cooperation, funding, more manpower, and logistics to train our men adequately.

“We need to improve the welfare of our officers, we want a well-motivated workforce in the police.”

Egbetokun said despite all the inadequacies, in the police, the force has been doing so “wonderfully” well.

He said police officers have been doing their best to protect lives and properties across the country.

“We have been responding to the best of our ability but unfortunately, no agency can perform beyond the limit of resources available to it,” he said.

Egbetokun said he plans to leave a police force that officers and Nigerians will be proud of.

He said in the last five months, several arrests have been made, including recoveries of illicit weapons, adding that some suspects are undergoing prosecution.

Egbetokun said the police cannot secure Nigeria alone and need the support of every Nigerian to succeed.

“But within the environment where we function, the police have done so well and we are still doing so much.

“We believe in inter-agency cooperation and we are leveraging on the availability and the cooperation that is available from other agencies,” he said.

“We appeal for cooperation and collaboration and that Nigerians should please support the police. We are implementing community policing strategies but we are reviewing this.

“Recently, I announced the establishment of a special intervention squad which is going to be a standby unit of at least 1,000 men in each of the states.

“These men would be socially trained, specially equipped, and ready for deployment at the shortest notice in any area of the country where there are crises.

“This way we intend to join the military in fighting terrorism in the north-east and fight armed banditry in the north-west and north-central.

“Fight kidnapping and armed robbery across the country and ensure that we reduce violence in our country to the nearest minimum.”

The police chief appealed to the parliament for increased budgetary provisions to enable the force to meet the expectations of Nigerians.

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High Society Present As Rotimi Akeredolu’s Laid to Rest in Owo

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By Eric Elezuo

The ancient town of Owo, Ondo State on Friday was a beehive of activities as it played host to dignitaries and citizens from all walks of life who stormed the town to grace the final burial ceremony of the late former governor of the state, Alakunri Rotimi Akeredolu.

The funeral service held at the St. Andrew’s Cathedral Anglican Church, Imola, Owo, Ondo State.

Akeredolu died on Wednesday December 27, 2023 during a protracted illness in German hospital.

The Vice President, Kashim Shettima, was among the dignitaries, who attended the funeral service at the church, and thereafter.

Other dignitaries whose presence were noted are the Ondo State Governor, Mr Lucky Aiyedatiwa; Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde; Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki; Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the National Chairman of the APC, Abdullahi Ganduje among others.

Others were former governor of Ondo State, Segun Mimiko; governor of Ogun State, Dapo Abiodun and members of the Ondo State House of Assembly, federal law makers among others.

The late former governor was interred at a burial ground in the town, at a brief ceremony that was strictly attended only by the immediate members of the Akeredolu family before a grand reception was held.

In his speech at the burial, the state Governor, Lucky Aiyedatiwa, who was Akeredolu’s deputy, said his former boss always stood for good governance and the rule of law.

“You are all here because he stood for something: good governance and the rule of law. He means a lot to different people, and that is why he has been described in different words. He was a courageous leader, a fighter, and a warrior. How can we forget him so soon? It is not possible because he lives on.

“He used the instrument of governance to intervene in different sectors of the state, including education, health services, and infrastructural development and security, among others,” he said.

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Osun Gov, Adeleke, Loses Brother-in-Law

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A brother-in-law of the governor of Osun State, Senator Ademola Adeleke, Alhaji Tohir Aderemi Sanni, has died.

Alhaji Sanni is the husband of Governor Adeleke’s sister, Chief (Mrs.) Modupeola Adeleke Sanni.

Meanwhile, the Osun Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has commiserated with the bereaved, Mrs Sanni over the loss of her husband.

In statement signed by the state party chairman, Hon. Sunday Bisi, the party  described the news of the death as extremely sad and shocking, adding that the late business mogul was too good to depart at this time.

The statement reads:

“Osun PDP is really in short of words over the loss of a loving father and friend of our great party, Alhaji Aderemi Sanni, whose carriage exuded love beyond borders. He was a friendly father, so accommodating to a fault!”

“Alhaji Sanni would not hold back words of advice to anyone, no matter the societal disparity in class or status. Baba lived like a friend to all. He was an embodiment of humility in greatness”

“While we continue to grasp with the reality of the demise of Alhaji Sanni, our thoughts are with his wife, Chief Mrs Modupeola Adeleke, the children and members of the immediate family the great icon left behind”

“May Almighty Allah repose his gentle soul and grant him jannatul firdaus.”

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Lagos Country Club Appeals to Members for Calm

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The Lagos Country Club has appealed to its members and well wishers to remain calm and exercise restraints in the face of the current developments at the Club.

The appeal is coming on the heels of the illegal moves by the Registered Trustees of the Club to suspend the Management Council and constitute an Interim Management Board.

The Management Council made the appeal in a Special Statement to members and staff urging them to go about their activities in the Club without fear.

The Statement assured them of their commitment to upholding the Constitution of the Club, resolving the issues as soon as possible, and providing a safe and enabling environment.

The Chairmen of eight out of the ten sections of the Club have rejected the Interim Management Board arrangement and called on well meaning members of the Club and elders to wade in and explore avenue for peaceful resolution and allow peace to reign.

Meanwhile, His Lordship, Hon Justice Lewis Allagoa of Federal High Court of Nigeria in the Lagos Judicial Division has granted an Interim Injunction restraining the Trustees of Lagos Country Club from dissolving the Management Council of the Lagos Country Club and constituting a Caretaker Committee howsoever called or described.

In line with the order of Court for the status quo to remain, the Management Council remains in charge of the day to day running of the Club.

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