- The Nigeria Police Force is making efforts to mend its relationship with the Nigerian public
- The police has appealed for the recent attack on its personnel across the country to end
- Members of the public have been advised to see police personnel as their brothers and sisters
Olasupo Ajani, the Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) in charge of Zone 11, has appealed to Nigerians to stop attacking the personnel of the Nigerian Police Force but instead see them as brothers and sisters.
Ajani made the appeal on Tuesday, April 27 while speaking during a stakeholders’ meeting organised by the Oyo state police command in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital.
Vanguard quoted him as saying:
“We must cooperate and work together for peace to reign in this country.”
The Nation reports that the AIG also warned some members of the Police Community Relations Committee that were conniving with some police officers to extort money from the people to desist from doing so.
He said all hands must be on deck to achieve peaceful coexistence in the country and stamp out crimes and criminality in the state.
Police operatives have become easy targets for criminals across the country, who have been attacking police personnel and their stations in the last few weeks.
Recall that on Monday, April 26, unknown gunmen attacked a police station in Okigwe South local government area of Imo state.
During the attack, the assailants burnt down the police station while six police officers were killed.
Similarly, on Sunday, April 25, the Kebbi police command announced that nine of its personnel including a Divisional Police Officer (DPO) were killed by armed bandits in Sakaba local government of the state.
Nafi’u Abubakar, the Kebbi state police command spokesman, said the officers, including two local vigilantes and some civilians, were killed during a gun duel with the terrorists after they attacked five villages namely Dankolo, Sakaba, Makuku, Dokar Kambari, and Kurmin Hodo.
The hoodlums overpowered the operatives guarding the station and burnt it down along with a car owned by the DPO and two police vans.