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*By Awojoodu Oyeniyi, Ibadan.

DIG Johnson Babatunde Kokumo has reassured officers and men of Oyo State Police Command of improved welfare.

9Janewshub.com.ng reports that the Deputy Inspector-General of Police, (Department of Research and Planning) DIG Johnson Babatunde Kokumo has on Wednesday, 23 March, 2022 reassured officers and men of Nigerian Police Force of improved welfare.

The DIG Kokumo who is in charge of the South West zone also warned against any strike action stressing that the act is against the constitution of the country.

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Addressing officers and men of the Oyo State Command at the Command’s Headquarters Eleyele Ibadan during a working visit, DIG Kokumo maintained that he was at the Command to interact with the officers and to also feel their pulse.

He said, “the IGP has been working to ensure that our welfare is better. Also President Muhammadu Buhari has announced salary increase for the police, the IGP echoed it, and ever since the president has make such pronouncement the process of actualizing it has began.

****DIG Kokumo Addressing Officers and Men of the Oyo State Police Command At The IGP Alkali Usman Baba Conference Hall Eleyele Ibadan….

“Have come to assure you that the process of actualizing this about to be completed, and any moment from now you will collect your full salaries, the increments was ordered by no any other person than the number one citizen of this country, so it’s not question of is it possible, no it’s possible, you’re collecting your salary including allowances in the shortest possible time. DIG Kokumo said.

He further stressed that, “At this stage we have our father the Inspector General of Police who is working day and night to ensure that our needs are met, what we need to do is to keep on encouraging him so that God will empower him and  give him the wherewithal to do more.”

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Kokumo and his entourage arrived Oyo Police Command Headquarters at about 2: 05pm and was warmly welcomed by the Commissioner of Police, CP Ngozi Onadeko fdc, alongside, DCP Jimoh Waheed, DCP Ayo Sonibi, ACP Gbenga Ojo among others.

He said, “I’m here to give you good messages from the Inspector General of Police, the IGP Alkali Baba Usman, who has mandated me to be with you to give you good messages from him and to have a feed back for him in Abuja.

“This is going to be a interactive process where you talk to me and I also talk to you, I’m here to let you have an insight into what the IGP Alkali Usman Baba has been able to do, what he has done what is currently doing and of course what he’s hope to do as Inspector General of Police, ours is to give him maximum support, ours is to be totally loyal, ours is to be dedicated and we can only do all these if we are professional with the way we go about our duties and responsibilities.

“It is a common knowledge that the Nigerian Police is the lead agencies in the internal security, we should take our prime position, we should be seeing in action fight as the lead agencies in internal security, Police is your friend, this is the common slogan are we truly friends to the members of the public, we need to examine our conscience.

“To what extent do we respect the right of the citizens? do not forget that it’s the tax payers money that is being used to pay our salaries and emoluments, do we need to unleash terror and assault on them? We are being funded with the tax payers money, our salaries, our emoluments are being paid with tax payers money and it’s our responsibility as statutory and laws enshrined in the constitution to provide adequate security of lives and properties, to what extent have we been able to do this? We need to examine our conscience, so for us to be truly friends of members of the public, for us to be truly friends to the tax payers, we must have a healthy respect for the right of the citizens.

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“It’s only when the rights of the citizens are respected that we’ll become truly the friends of members of the public, there is a need for us to be totally professional in what we are doing, let me quickly tell you that police job remains the best job you can do in Nigeria, in any Country, anywhere in the world and anytime, because police job is prescribed by God, the scriptures says “Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall inherit the kingdom of God”, I did not say so, and I did not write that, it’s in the scriptures, do you all agreed with me that we are blessed for the simple reason because we are police, the peacemakers, so we are blessed, let us continue to function within the ambit of the law.

****CP. Ngozi Onadeko presenting Plaque to DIG Kokumo during his working visit to the command…

DIG Kokumo Inspecting Guards of Honour at the Command…

***CP. Ngozi Onadeko fdc welcoming DIG Kokumo To The Command…

“As an enforcers we should of course be seeing as having upmost respect for the laws, we should not been seeing as breaking the laws with impunity, we should live by example if we all agreed that we are the lead agencies in internal security. Kokumo said.

Speaking on the rumor of strike action by the police, the Police Chief said, “Don’t allow anybody to lure you into any strike action, the reason as policemen we are not, we should not, we must not embark on any strike action, because it’s mutinous and you all known the consequences of mutiny.”

The DIG however commended Officers and Men of the Command, stressed that CP. Onadeko has proved that what a man can do a woman can do better.

He said, “Oyo State Police Command are really doing very well, it has been said severally that what a man can do, a woman can also do and do it better. CP. Ngozi is not an island, she cannot possibly achieved these feats without your support, has kudos goes to her for able leadership, commendations for the success in Oyo State goes to all of you, including the members of ranks and files, members of directorates, and of course the officer cadet, I thank all of you on behalf of the IGP.

CP. Ngozi Onadeko fdc, earlier in her welcome address commend the IGP Alkali Baba Usman over his stride to ensure better welfarism of officers and men of the Command and the country at large.

She said, “I want to use this opportunity that you are here to appreciate the Inspector General of Police IGP Alkali Baba Usman who was here last September and by the time here was here we are still renovating this hall named after him, and I’m sure you will carry back to him that the IGP Baba Usman Conference Hall has been completed and we all at the command appreciate him, and we also want to appreciate the him on his aims at improving the living and working conditions of Police in Oyo State and in the Country in general.

“We equally want to appreciate you too our DIG because occasions when I called upon you that this is our challenges, you always encourage us, you always gives me words of advice, always you always gives me words of advice, always told me do it this way and when we do it, it works for us.

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“I want to inform you that in Oyo State Police Command since I came on board, we’ve been going about on our proactive policing, visibility policing, policing with a human face and we always adopt alternative peaceful resolution strategies when necessary and we’ve increase the layers of communications between the management team, the middle and the junior cadre, we’ve also involved in training and retraining of our officers, we want to ensure you that officers of Oyo State Police Command are dedicated, motivated and we ready and always performing our duties and we will always helping the management teams in achieving it goals and policies of the Nigerian Police Force. CP. Onadeko stressed.

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