New Oyo police chief vows to fight crime
The new Commissioner of Police in Oyo State, Mr. Adeleye Oyebade, has assured residents of the state of his commitment to fight crime and criminality to a standstill across the 33 local government areas of the state.
Oyebade made the pledge shortly at the state command’s headquarters, Eleyele, Ibadan after he took over the mantle of leadership of the state command from Mr. Mohammed Katsina, who has been redeployed to Kano State.
The police chief restated the command’s resolve to change the perception of the police from a reactive to pro-active, corrupt to incorruptible and lethargic to dynamic institution in line with the vision of the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr. Solomon Arase, urging the officers and men of the command to key into the vision or be shown the way out of the force.
He said, “It will be dangerous for a police officer that is not ready to imbibe the culture of professional best practices, diligence and discipline to remain in the Nigeria Police of today. My advice to such persons is to kindly tender their resignation before they are fished out and flushed out.
“The new police we are building together under the leadership of IGP is a people’s police, a pro-active police, a community police, an intelligence-led police and dynamic institution that is alive to the task of ensuring public order, prevention of crime and securing lives and property.”
Until his deployment to Oyo State, he was the CP in charge of Maritime Police Command, Force Headquarters Annex, Lagos. He holds Bachelor and Master of Science Degrees in Sociology and Criminology respectively from the University of Lagos.
Oyebade also reassured residents of the 33 local government areas of the state that he was not “unmindful of the high expectation of the people on how the police intend to reduce crime to the barest minimum in the state. ‘We make a solemn commitment that officers and men of this command will partner with the state government, communities and other stakeholders to make Oyo State truly a pacesetter in crime prevention and management.
Oyebade, however urged his people officers to perform their duties as policemen and women with the fear of God, adding that patrols, crime investigation and treatment of suspects must be done with the fear of God.
“We must be very firm, but fair. We must respect the fundamental human rights of every citizen in this state. We must train and retrain ourselves in what are acceptable best practices. We must be shining examples of valour, gallantry and sacrifice for the overall public good in the discharge of our constitutional role.”
Oyebade also promised to give priority to the welfare of the officers and men of the command, adding that the issues concerning police accommodation, training, promotion and compensation for injuries or death in the line of duty would be treated with dispatch.