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Onovo talks tough over killing of policemen

By Ola Ajayi
FOLLOWING repeated attacks on police stations which led to the death of some officers in some parts of the country, the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Ogbonna Onovo has warned that further attacks and killing of his men would no longer be taken lightly.

The message of the police boss was conveyed by the Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of ‘D’ (Investigation) Department, DIG Israel Ajao while on a visit to the Oyo State Police Headquarters, Ibadan Wednesday.

He said the way police were being attacked in some parts of the country, the burning of police stations and carting away police weapons was very appalling and all necessary measures would be put in place to check the ugly trend.

He said this just as he commended the Oyo State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Baba Adisa Bolanta for inventing some bullet proof jackets to boost crime fighting in the state.

The jackets, he said, had been tried and tested for optimal resistance, adding that he would not hesitate to recommend such to other commands in the zone so that policemen would have more courage to fight criminals.

While speaking against some acts of cowardice in the force, DIG Ajao hinted that the four policemen who were with the Assistant Commissioner of Police, Mr. Omololu Oladokun during last year’s Ijebu-Ife mayhem would rot in detention because, they did not portray the force in good light by exposing the dead policeman to danger.

Describing detained policemen as shame to the police authorities, he explained that when the policeman was captured, the four policemen with him tactically ran away. The officer was not only brutally murdered but was burnt by the angry youths.

He wondered what could have prevented the policemen to protect the officer when they had AK 47 rifle with them during the incident.

“That is why they would remain in detention till God knows when. The four of them are nothing but a shame to the Police Force, he said.

He used the forum to warn some policemen who have cunningly put themselves on permanent night duty so as to allow them to go for further studies to properly apply for admission.

He warned that “any policeman who failed to apply properly for admission and after the completion of his course he tenders his certificate, such certificate would not be recognized by the force”.


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