* Era of indiscipline, intimidation, extortion by policemen gone – CP
The Chairman, Ikere, Emure, Ise/Orun Joint Security Committee (JSC), Elder Tunji Falana, has charged communities in Ekiti State to adopt the JSC model to enhance security in their areas.
Falana also appealed to the Commissioner of Police in Ekiti State, Dare Ogundare, to replicate the JSC model in other area commands of the security agency to bring down crime to the barest minimum the state.
Falana, who spoke at Ikere Ekiti on Wednesday when the commissioner of police paid familiarisation visit to the zone comprising Emure, Ikere, Ise/Orun, Ekiti South West and Ikere West local government areas and Local Council Development Area, lauded the collaboration of security agencies in the zone.
He said that the JSC model whereby the four communities and security committees in palaces formed synergy for the security of the area in collaboration with security and para-military agencies including the Nigerian Police, the Nigerian Army, Amotekun, civil defence, OPC and traditional hunters had been effective and result-oriented.
According to a statement by the JSC General Secretary, Niyi Okunniga, the JSC, among others, advised the police boss to ensure increase in the manpower and equipment needs of the security agency in the state, training and retraining of personnel and as well redemption of the image of police.
The police commissioner, Ogundare, who said the administration of Acting Inspector General of Police, Kayode Egbedokun, frowned at acts of indiscipline, assured the people of Ikere, Emure, Ekiti S/West and Ise/Orun and Ikere West LGAs/LCDA that “the era of molestation, torturing, intimidation and extortion by police officers is over”.
Ogundare advocated more intelligence gathering and community policing in curtailing criminal activities in the zone and the state in general.
The Chairman, Ikere LGA, Oluwafemi Ayodele, who spoke on behalf of the chairmen of the lgs/LCDA, assured the police boss of their readiness to improve on their present efforts.
Representatives of traditional rulers and other stakeholders from the five council areas were present at the reception for the commissioner of police at Ikere Area Command.
The Ikere Area Commander, ACP Abimbola thanked the police commissioner for the visit, as she welcomed other stakeholders just as the Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Sunday Abutu, lauded the communities for the rousing reception for the commissioner.