*By Kazeem Awojoodu, Ibadan.
Governor Makinde played host to Inspector General of Police IGP Usman Alkali Baba.
SWIndependentnews.com.ng reports that the Oyo State Governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde on Tuesday in his Agodi Secretariat office received the Inspector General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba who was on a courtesy visit.
In his address Governor Makinde commended the State Police Command for the effective working synergy with other security operatives in the state.
Makinde affirmed that the Oyo state police command has been cooperative and cordial with other security agencies, as inter agency rivalry has significantly reduced in the state.
He also appealed to the Inspector General to reconsider the situating of a mobile police squadron in Oyo town.
The Governor however pledged to always render necessary assistance and support to the police command and other security agencies in ensuring a safe and secured Oyo state.
The Inspector General of police, Usman Alkali Baba in his response disclosed that machineries have been put in place to commence the recruitment of about 20,000 junior police officers into the Nigeria police force.
The Inspector General stressed that the recruitment exercise would not only expand the capacity of the force in combating crime but embolden its community policing strategy
Usman Alkali Baba explained that since the adoption of a community policing strategy, the strategy has evolved and would keep getting better as crime prevention and control requires collaborative effort especially from the people.
IGP Usman also added that the recruitment exercise would cut across all local government areas in the country as trained junior officers would be posted to their communities to complement the community policing strategy
The Inspector General who hinted that his visit was a duty tour across the country to interact with his men and boost their morale, equally appealed for continuous support and assistance from the Oyo state government.
The IGP was accompanied by the State Police Commissioner, CP Ngozi Onadeko fdc, the Force Public Relations Officer, CP. Frank Uba, among others.