Gov. Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State has urged Mr Abiodun Odude, the new Commissioner of Police in the state, to arrest the miscreants threatening the peace of the state.
The governor made the plea on Thursday in Ibadan while receiving Odude in his office.
Odude took over from Mr Sam Adegbuyi who retired recently.
Ajimobi said a group of miscreants had connived with some suspected members of the NURTW to harass and extort money from contractors working on new road project sites.
“These miscreants have been terrorising our contractors working on the roads. We will not fold our arms and watch people take the laws into their hands.
“I want the police to ensure that these miscreants are arrested. The police should help nip thuggery in the bud,’’ he said.
The governor noted that majority of the miscreants in the state were known, calling on the police to support and encourage community policing.
Ajimobi also stated that it was easy to achieve peace in the state if preventive measures were adopted, adding that peace and security remain the focus of his administration.
He also alleged that some policemen in the state had aided and shielded miscreants from being arrested, urging the police boss to fish out the bad eggs within the command.
“I believe that the command under your leadership, from the information gathered, will add value to the security of the state.
“Oyo State today is a peaceful state unlike the way we met it when we assumed office. Let me assure you that we will support you,’’ he said.
Earlier, Odude said that his visit to the governor was to solicit his support during his stay.
The commissioner said that the command had in the last one week arrested seven suspected kidnappers and 19 armed robbers and had also recovered seven vehicles.
“Some of these armed robbers were arrested in Oyo, Kwara and River states,’’ he said.