Ayodele Oni, Akure
Arrangements have been concluded by the Nigeria Police to deploy special squad to the south west region to curb incessant kidnappings and armed banditry in the region.
Already, a special team led by deputy inspector general of Police, (DIG) in charge of operations, Abdulmajid Ali was in Akure, Ondo state capital, on Wednesday to begin a tour of the region, preparatory to the deployment of the squad.
The IG team told the deputy governor of Ondo state, Mr Agboola Ajayi, who stood in for Governor Rotimi Akeredolu that the special squad members were already undergoing training in Abuja.
Accompanied by the AIG in charge of zone 11, Leye Oyebade and the state commissioner of Police, Indie Adie, the IG emissary revealed that the Nigeria Police was desirous of making the country safe for Nigerians.
“I am sent by the IG not only to Ondo state but to other south west States to see the security architecture on ground and as well to se how to redesign the security apparatus.
” I decided to start with Ondo before I go to Ekiti and Osun because Ondo being one of the focus states of recent, I believe we need to sit down with my officers here and see how we can forge ahead.
“I want to let you know that the Inspector General of Police is mindful of what has been happening particularly along the road as well as some of these miscreants disturbing the peace of the people.
” The IG has put in place a very strong team that is currently being trained and in the next two weeks, members will be out and Ondo and other south west States have been the place of focus,” he added.
The deputy governor while responding, said the state government was particularly worried about some recent security challenges saying Ondo was not known to be a crime hot spot.
He advised the police to embrace digital policing fully to curb kidnapping and other violent crimes in the country.