Militancy: Amosun promises APCs, patrol vans for police

Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, yesterday vowed to tackle resurgent militant activities at riverine areas in the state. Amosun, who spoke in Abeokuta while receiving the Deputy Inspector- General of Police in charge of the South- West, Foluso Adebanjo, promised to donate more armoured personnel carriers (APCs) and patrol vans for the police to ease their operations.

The governor also stressed the need to take proactive measures in nipping criminal activities in the bud, especially in the riverine areas. He expressed confidence in the ability of the police and other security agencies to successfully combat militancy in the country. Amosun, who bemoaned militant activities in some parts of the state, however, assured that the state would not be a comfort zone for criminals.

“Criminals would always want to come, but we will not take our eyes off them,” the governor stated, adding that his administration would make available two additional APCs and vehicles to enhance their operations.

Meanwhile, the DIG yesterday warned officers and men of police commands in the geopolitical zone against accidental discharge, extra-judicial killings and corrupt practices.

Adebanjo, who was on a working visit to Ogun State, read the riot act when he met with the officers and men at the state police headquarters, Eleweran, Abeokuta. He said any policeman who kills either through accidental discharge or extra-judicial means would be tried and dismissed within 24 hours.

He also warned against abuse of human rights of Nigerians, saying the police authorities would not tolerate any impunity from any officer. “If a police officer kills anybody illegally, nobody will cover you. You will be arrested, tried and dismissed. We will not condone any killing of Nigerians, because lives are precious.

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