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OYO: Makinde commissions remodeled police station, commends security agencies

THE Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde has commissioned the new Ojoo Divisional Police Headquarters in Ibadan, which was built by the state government after it was destroyed during the #EndSARS demonstration in 2021.

While speaking at the Ojoo Roundabout commissioning event, the governor stated that his administration will preserve cordial relations with the Police and other security agencies.

According to Taiwo Adisa, the governor’s Chief Press Secretary, the governor also handed out 74 vehicles to Divisional Police Stations across the state, commending police officers and other security agencies for keeping lives and property safe and secure in the state.

The governor noted that the cooperation of the state’s security agencies with his administration, as well as the synergy between the Police and other security agencies, has ensured that criminalities in the state have been reduced to the bare minimum.

The governor stated that he had also received an additional report from the judicial panel established to investigate incidents of police brutality in the aftermath of the #EndSARS protest and that he will act on the report to ensure that everyone who lost lives and property receives adequate compensation.

He said: “Let me remind everybody that this time four years ago, I was nearly killed at a spot close to this location. They shot at my vehicle and the bullet impact is still on the bus we used for our campaign that year. Despite that, you came out and voted massively for me. So, I see this as an opportunity to thank you, my good people of Ojoo.

“The Police station we rebuilt here is one of the three police stations destroyed during the #EndSARS protest. The damage done to the one at Egbeda was not much. The one at Iseyin was extensively damaged including the shops surrounding it. I am aware that it was the PCRC that renovated the one in Egbeda and I appreciate that.

“With this new Police Station here, we are restoring the facilities and also using the opportunity to build and further cement the relationship among the Police, the people and this administration.

“Let me also use this opportunity to thank the Nigerian Police, Oyo State Command, because you are doing very well for our people.

“I have been on this job for close to four years now. I get a security report every morning and find different issues, ranging from robbery, murder, arson and all sorts. But in the past one year or so, I have had days that when I get a security report, I go back to relax and take my coffee, because such reports pointed no ugly incidents across the length and breadth of Oyo State. So, thank you for the efforts.

“Equally, I would like to use this opportunity to thank other security agencies who have been working cooperatively with the Police Force. On behalf of the good people of Oyo State, you have been toiling tirelessly to keep us safe and this is our own time to say thank you.”

The governor also used the occasion to address the findings of the state’s EndSARS panel, stating that the report had to be revised to account for the deaths of police officers in the incident, and that it has now been resubmitted to him.

He stated that he was ready to give full attention to the report.

“I know some may be saying some other people were also badly affected by the protests and want to know about the outcome of the Judicial Panel. The day the Panel brought their report, I asked them to take it back because, in their recommendations, they did not include the police officers who lost their lives.

“I am happy to say that the report has been reviewed and the new one has been submitted to me, and I will act to ensure that Police and all those who lost one thing or the other during the protest, are duly compensated,” the governor said.

Earlier, the Commissioner of Police, Oyo State Command, CP Adebowale Williams, applauded the governor for being a visionary leader committed to strengthening the state’s security architecture.

He urged Ojoo residents to regard the new police station as their property and to protect it at all costs.

In his remarks, Fatai Owoseni (rtd), Special Adviser on Security Matters to Governor Makinde and a retired Commissioner of Police, remarked that the governor has done something unprecedented in the history of the state’s security architecture.

He said that the administration, led by Governor Makinde, had contributed over 500 security vehicles, a feat he remarked as rare even at the federal level.

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