BY OLA AJAYI
IBADAN — The Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, said yesterday in Ibadan that the $7 million reward on the leader of the Boko Haram sect, Abubakar Shekau, would hasten his arrest.
Describing it as a welcome development, the police boss commended the United States of America, USA, for the step taken to fight terrorism in West Africa.
He said this after the commissioning of a 50-room ultra-modern hospital at the state police headquarters, Eleiyele, Ibadan.
The hospital which is equipped with state-of-the-art medical equipment was named after the IGP to appreciate his leadership qualities.
On the welfare of policemen, he hinted that very soon officers and men of the force would be promoted, noting: “About 19,000 policemen and women were promoted in January and also last year the same number was promoted among the rank across the nation.”
In addition to the welfare of policemen, he said the new hospital was being built in all commands across the nation.
On the hospital, he said: “My belief is that health is wealth. No officer can deliver his constitutional duties effectively without being medically fit.”
Ajimobi lauds Police
Governor Abiola Ajimobi of OyoState attributed the peace being enjoyed in the state to sincerity of purpose of his administration and the cooperation of the police.
He said prior to the advent of his administration, the state was a theatre of war, with violence, thuggery and brigandage reigning supreme.
He said: “You would all recall that by May 2011, OyoState was perhaps the state of lawlessness of nature propounded by Thomas Hobbes in his famous treatise. For a state that had hitherto been labelled as dirty and unplanned. The addition of a lawless state of brigandage was a heavy blow too unpleasant for our people to shoulder.
“Many of our people were killed mercilessly in crossfire as if we were in a state of war. Anyone who identified him or herself outside of the state as having hailed from OyoState was perceived to be a part of the violent order.
“We have taken governance beyond the violence and chaos that we inherited, through the cooperation of the officers and men here seated. We are proud of you. We promise to continue the regular consultations and offer of logistics support to the Police Force.”
The governor congratulated the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. M. D. Abubakar for the security innovations he had introduced and the increase in welfare packages for the officers and men of the Force.
“IGP M. D. Abubakar has indeed made this the epicenter of his administration’s policies. This has led to a more robust policing, an effective and efficient Police Force and officers and men who take pride in their profession and their calling,” he said.
According to him, the innovations had improved the public perception of the police, thus increasing the police/public relations as the people see themselves in the force and its officers and men.
“By establishing a clinic which will cater for their health and that of their children and wives, a police man can put his all into defending the people since his interest is being taken care of back at home. This no doubt gingers the police to go to the zenith of their ability and to devote greater energy into the course of protection of our lives and property,” he said.