The acting Inspector General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun, appealed to Nigerians to always report appropriately to Police authorities erring officers rather than resorting to social media to criticize erring officers. He made this appeal during his two-day working visit to the Oyo State Police Command Headquarters in Eleyele, Ibadan.
Egbetokun urged Nigerians to report instances of misconduct by police officers to the Commissioner of Police instead of resorting to sharing accusations on social media platforms. He assured the public that the Commissioner of Police is available to receive complaints and address any issues concerning the behaviour of police officers.
He stressed that while it is acknowledged that some police officers might exhibit unacceptable behaviour, the appropriate course of action is to reach out to the designated authorities rather than propagate unverified information on social media. Egbetokun acknowledged that false information and misinformation can spread rapidly on such platforms.
Highlighting the on-going efforts in community policing, Egbetokun stated that the focus is on enhancing safety at the grassroots level across all states in the country. The Nigeria Police is currently reviewing its security strategy to align with the new vision for effective policing. All commissioners of police nationwide are undergoing training to enhance their service delivery capabilities.
Egbetokun, in consultation with Adebola Hamzat, the Commissioner of Police in Oyo State, emphasized that the senior officers are open to receiving feedback from the public, particularly concerning any misconduct by police personnel. He emphasized that the primary goal of the police force is to ensure the safety of lives and property within the community.
He also acknowledged the collaborative efforts between the police force and Amotekun, a regional security outfit in the state, aimed at reducing crime and ensuring the safety of citizens and their belongings. Egbetokun recognized the vital role that public cooperation, collaboration, and support play in maintaining community safety and urged citizens to work together with law enforcement agencies in this endeavour.
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