Community policing is everybody’s responsibility – Ooni of Ife


The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi Ojaja II says policing is the responsibility of every citizen to ensure a safe society.

The top monarch stated this on Saturday while receiving the new state Commissioner Police, Johnson Kokumo in his palace in Ile-Ife.

According to a statement issued by the palace’s Director of Media and Public Affairs, Moses Olafare, Ooni who said community policing is a call to duty for everyone described the Police chief as an epitome of good policing.

He, therefore, expressed confidence in his ability to further strengthen the current peace being enjoyed in the State.

Impressed by the commissioner’s approach having comprehensively stated his agenda and prime targets, the monarch said it shows that he has the knowledge of the state and he is fully prepared to face the job ahead.

“Community policing is everybody’s responsibility and we traditional rulers will not leave to you alone. We will support you with the necessary information and an enabling environment.

“I have been a good partner in progress to your predecessors and I can assure you that you have my full support,” he said.

Speaking earlier, CP Kokumo explained that his visit to the frontline monarch was to pay homage, seek his blessings and advice as well as presenting his agenda.

He also promised that his tenure will showcase a paradigm shift from the previously known police attitude to the public.

“Osun Police under my leadership will have huge respect for human right. A suspect shall remain a suspect until his conviction by a law court.

“My leadership will have zero tolerance for corruption, we want people to go about their normal businesses without fear molestation from the police,” he stated.

He also noted that ritual killings have been a major security challenge in the state. He is, therefore, calling for synergy of the community particularly the royal fathers to end such.

“We’ve been trying on our own but it’s obviously impossible for us to achieve an end to this in isolation.

“We have a target which is to get rid of criminals especially ritualists and also ensuring that policing in Osun is community interest-driven and we won’t renege on this. We are aware of the State’s peculiarities and we will be guided by this.”

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