By Ibraheem Solahudeen.
Governor of Kwara State, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq has paid solidarity visits to some police posts to commend officers and men of the police force.
The ‘thank you’ visits, according to the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Rafiu Ajakaye, was meant “to identify with officers and men of the Nigerian police in Kwara State.”
Governor Abdulrazaq, also, on Wednesday pleaded with Nigerians to continue to support the police and other security agencies, noting that many of the people in uniform equally desire a greater Nigeria.
“The events of the past few weeks, especially the #EndSARS protest, should not be framed in a way that night leave officers and men of the police demoralised or dejected.
“Demoralising the security forces, especially the police, might play into the hands of criminals who prefer anarchy to hurt their victims,” Abdulrazaq cautioned.
The governor, yesterday, also led the three Senators from Kwara State, Ibrahim Yahya Oloriegbe (Central), Oyelola Ashiru, (South) and Sadiq Umar (North), to the police headquarters to encourage the police for their commitment to the maintenance of peace in the State.
Earlier while receiving the Senators who had visited to commend his handling of the #EndSARS protest and the rampage of the hoodlums which led to the looting of personal and public properties in Ilorin; the governor said the government appreciates the efforts of the police. He also commended the lawmakers for always standing by the people of Kwara State and the government.
He said, “We truly appreciate what the Police is doing. We urge them to continue to do their work professionally. #EndSARS was meant to stop Police brutality. It was not meant to become a campaign for police bashing.”
Leading the three visiting Senators on a visit to the police headquarters in Ilorin, Abdulrazaq, who was received by the Police Commissioner, Kayode Egbetokun said the State government cares about the police and would not want them demoralised.
“We care about our police and we must not demoralise them.we should avoid using one brush to tar all of them. I urge all Nigerians to stand up and support the police. We need to embrace the Police to do their job,” the governor said.
Responding, the police Commissioner, Egbetokun, said the visit of the governor and senators was historic. He also expressed excitement with the tour undertaken by the governor to police stations across the State capital, Ilorin.
“This is a historic visit. I’m excited to be informed that the Governor has been going round police stations to encourage our men. The visit will go a long way in encouraging our men to do more for the State. We have seen what is going on across the country where policemen were gruesomely murdered,” Egbetokun said, before adding that the police in Kwara State are committed to the protection of lives and properties.
Earlier on Wednesday, Abdulrazaq had held a security council meeting during which he briefed members of the council on the security developments in the State, noting that the peaceful #EndSARS protest was hijacked by “certain interests to push for anarchy and undemocratic regime change.”
At the security meeting attended heads of security agencies, including the General Officer Commanding 2 Division of the Nigerian Army (Ibadan), Major General Anthony Bamidele Omozoje and the Assistant Inspector General of Police (Zone 8), Yakubu Baba’s; Governor Abdulrazaq noted that the security situation in the State has improved significantly.