Olubadan urges police to put #EndSARS protest experience behind
Says Nigerians are naked without active police
The Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Lekan Balogun, has charged police officers to put behind them the unfortunate fall-out of the 2020 #End-SARS protest and become efficient in their various formations as they used to be before the ugly incident.
Oba Balogun gave the charge against the backdrop of public complaints that the response of the officers to distress calls since the public protest against them had been less enthusiastic.
The monarch stated this, yesterday, while playing host to leadership of the Nigeria Police Force Trust Fund (NPFTF) in his Alarere residence.
In a statement made available to journalists by his Personal Assistant (Media), Oladele Ogunsola, the monarch said: “The entire populace becomes naked security-wise where the officers and men of the police force are non-committal and inactive as expected of them. I urge the authority concerned to work on their psyche towards having positive outlook about their job.
“Though what happened about two years ago was unfortunate and painful, yet, it should be regarded as part of the hazards of their job. There’s nothing we can do individually without the police, especially now that the country is facing serious security challenge.
Olubadan, therefore, urged the team to work on the burnt police stations in the state, with particular reference to Idi-Ogungun police station said to be the first police station in the whole of Western Region.
Leader of the NPFTF team, Alhaji Sanusi Attah, in his remarks, said that the purpose of the visit was to assess the level of infrastructure and equipment and inspection of the police formations across the state.
This, he said, was to ensure that the country has well-equipped police force through commands and formations.
He noted that his team was assigned Oyo and Osun commands to assess their infrastructural needs and equipment in which the Trust Fund could intervene, assuring that the concern of Olubadan as per construction of burnt police stations in the city would be addressed.
Attah, who spoke on his assessment of the police formations in Oyo State, said what he saw was deplorable, but expressed hope that when the 2021 projects assigned for the state become manifest, the situation would improve.