The Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone 11, Leye Oyebade has appealed to people of the zone to support the effort of the zonal police hierarchy in nipping crimes in the bud before they blow up to crisis by volunteering information to the police.
He said although the police have crime-mapped the entire zone to know the various crime peculiarities of the three states in the zone and how to combat them, the place of making prior information available to the security operatives will go a long way to help it achieve its proactive community policing effort.
Oyebade made the appeal at the weekend while addressing the people after a 10km fitness walk organized by a leading private radio station, Inspiration FM 100.5, Ibadan.
The police boss who was the chief walker and accompanied by leaders and men of other security agencies in the state led close to a thousand people who joined in the walk from different parts of the state.
According to Oyebade, the Zonal Command is already concluding arrangement to inaugurate the first Security Stakeholders Forum where the people will regularly advise the police on how to upgrade its systems and operations to address heinous issues in the society, adding that the platform will also give room for constructive criticism of the police so as to become better in their effort of guaranteeing security of lives and property in the states of Oyo, Osun and Ondo.
He commended the management of the radio station for the fitness walk which will help prepare the body to fight against sicknesses saying it is in tandem with the proactive security approaches being promoted by the Inspector General of Police Mohammed Adamu.
“Members of the public must partner with the police. In doing that, there will be a lot of advantages in problem solving, there will be a lot of advantages in organizational transformation of the society, there will be a lot of partnership that will assist us in getting a lot of information from the members of the public, and at the end of the day we will be able to have a relatively crime free society.
“We have crime mapped the zone to know which crime is prevalent and where and in that wise we have been able to draw up a technical platform to be able to address heinous crimes.
“So, what we are appealing from the members of the public is to reach us on time. We have circulated our dedicated numbers and we have the control room numbers where people can also reach us when they are in distress and we are trying to improve on our response to these distress call from members of the public.
Oyo State Commissioner of Youth and Sport, Mr Abayomi Oke noted that the government decided to support and participate in the initiative because it falls in line with its programme, calling on other private organisations to key into the various opportunities for development available in the state.
In a brief remark, the General Manager, IFM, Ibadan, Mrs Olufunmilayo Olasogba said the station decided on the initiative as a way of helping people with busy schedules and who couldn’t make out time to exercise their bodies to and also to encourage many people to do same at the same time.
She added that the radio station was worried by the rate at which people suddenly die, especially educated and well informed people, as a result of too busy schedules that would not make them have time to take care of themselves.