By Abiola Rufai
ILARO-YEWA: Ogun State has been described as a peaceful state good enough to attract local and foreign investors.
The state Commissioner of Police, CP Kenneth Ebrimson who pointed out this while speaking with newsmen during his visit to Olu of Ilaro and Paramount Ruler of Yewaland, Oba (Dr.) Kehinde Olugbenle (MFR) at his palace in Ilaro, stated that the efforts of the state Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun towards effective policing of the state was yielding positive result, hence the peaceful atmosphere witnessing across the state.
His words, “the atmosphere across the state is very peaceful and this is as a result of the efforts of the Governor and stakeholders. The atmosphere is good enough to attract investors both local and foreign investors and it is the reason why Ogun state is developing day by day.
“The partnership of the Royal fathers, community leaders, and other stakeholders that are partnering with the police is also major reason why the space and environment here is very peaceful”.
The Police Commissioner said that the idea of the Federal Government to establish community policing was to proffer lasting solution to the security problems facing the country.
“The idea of the Federal Government to establish community policing is to proffer lasting solution to the security problem that we are currently facing. The special constabulary must come from the community; the language to be spoken is the language of the community; the screening members will come from the community and the screening committees will cut across religious organizations, members of road transport workers, farmers etc.
“Their functions will be crime prevention, intelligence and information gathering, and conflict resolutions amongst others”, CP Ebrimson posited.
He enjoined citizens of the state to continue to partner with the Police and give adequate supports to the community policing that will soon be created by the Federal Government so that the communities across the state would be totally free of crime and criminality.
On his own, the Olu of Ilaro and Paramount Ruler of Yewaland, Oba Dr. Kehinde Olugbenle implored the Police Commissioner to look into the menace of some cattle rearers who at freewill goes into peoples’ farmland with lots of cattle to destroyed plantations and sometimes kill the owner(s) of the farmland when complained.
The monarch said that until government begin to prosecute the herders, land grabbers, as well as custom officials who according to him were guilty of the incessant killings, the enure act would persist.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Chairman, Ilaro Area of Police Community Relations Committee (PCRC), Alhaji Shafarudeen Jimoh Popoola while welcoming the Police Commissioner, posited that killings of farmers and destruction of farm produce by herdsmen alongside shortage of manpower amongst others were part of challenges of the people in the area.