By Olasunaknmi Akoni
THE Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiol I, has expressed optimism that the mystery surrounding the death of the slain Assistant News Editor of The Guardian Newspaper, Mr. Bayo Ohu, would be unraveled and killers brought to book.
This came even as he called for the establishment of state police to address the spate of criminality in the country.
The Oba said this shortly after receiving League of Muslim Imams who visited him in his palace in Lagos after the Friday Jumat service.
Condemning the murder of the journalist, Akiolu said the Lagos Central Mosque had during its services put the dastardly act into serious prayers, adding that killers would soon be exposed.
He said: â€œThe murder in the media was unfortunate, and we pray such will not happen again. However, I have said a number of times that security is the responsibility of all citizens of Nigeria. If we are all alert to our responsibility, we should assist the police so that they can serve us better and can easily track down the perpetrators of all killings and murder in our country.
â€œDuring the Jumat prayers in the Central Mosque, we prayed that whoever perpetrated that criminal act, God Almighty in His wisdom will expose them. I believe God will soon expose those who killed the late journalist. I have no doubt about the fact that God will expose the perpetrators soonest,â€ he said.
Canvassing the establishment of state police, Akiolu said latest development in the country had indicated that the citizens could only better be policed by their own people.
He noted that it was also appropriate to establish the state police because most state governments had continued to devote huge funds for the logistic support of state Police Command, an indication that they could as well fund their own police.
Akiolu said: â€œI have said it a number of times that state police is the answer to better address criminalities in our fatherland. When I was in the Nigeria Police Force duringÂ the military regime, there might not be need for the state police. But things have changed since then. From what is happening, communities can best be policed by their own people. It is absolutely necessary that we should have a state police.â€