The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, on Wednesday lauded the Osun State Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, for being up to the task as the Chief Security Officer in the state.
He hailed Aregbesola’s government for being alive to its statutory obligations of providing security of lives and property for the state’s resident since inception.
IGP Idris commended Osun State Government for creating an enabling environment for the officers and men of the Nigeria Police Force to operate effectively, proficiently and professionally.
The Police boss gave the commendation while paying a courtesy visit to the Governor at Government House, Osogbo.
Idris was accompanied by the Commissioners of Police in Osun and Oyo, Olafimihan Adeoye and Abiodun Odude and other top officers and men of the Nigeria Police Force.
Others in attendance include; Special Adviser to the Governor on Security matters, Mr Tope Adejumo, Oluwo of Iwoland, Oba Abdul-Rasheed Adewale Akanbi, members of the State Executive Council among others.
Idris who was on one-day security summit to the state ahead of the September 22 governorship election said Osun government has done excellently well in the maintenance of law and order.
He said Osun has been so supportive to the officers and men of the Nigeria Police Force through the provision of state-of-the-art security architectures.
Idris held that the Police Headquarters in Abuja is fully aware of the state’s collaboration with officers and men of the Nigeria Police Force, a partnership he said has made Osun to be among the most peaceful states in the country.
Speaking on the purpose of his visit to the state, Idris said he came to Osun as part of his efforts to ensure adequate security before, during and after the forthcoming governorship election in the state.
He added that the mission of his visit was to attend a security summit with major stakeholder where security related issues would be discussed to ensure free, fair, credible, transparent and crisis free gubernatorial election in Osun and the entire country.
According to him, “I am pleased and happy to be in Osun, I feel at home as I appreciate the state government on its support and cooperation for the officers and men of the Nigeria Police.
“I thank the state government most especially for the cooperation that has always been giving to our officers to work effectively and proficiently.
“We are happy that there is peace in Osun and we commend the effort of the state in ensuring that we have a very secured state.
“As a matter of fact, our visit to Osun is to converge major stakeholders on security summit to deliberate on the need to organize a free, fair, credible, transparent and crisis-free governorship election in the state and in Nigeria, as our country is moving towards another general elections.
“We will take the advantage of this summit to brainstorm on issues that will help us to organize an effective and rancour-free election at all levels”, he added.
In his remarks, the Governor of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola applauded the IGP Idris for being effective, resilient and forthright in the discharge of his duties.
He said his administration has been blessed with committed, effective and proficient officers and men of the Nigeria Police Force since inception, saying all the police that have served and still serving have done well in the discharge of their constitutional responsibilities.
Governor Aregbesola who was represented by his Deputy, Mrs Grace Titilayo Laoye-Tomori, said the state is prepared to do her best at ensuring peace before, during and after the governorship election in the state.
He said his administration has raised the bar of good governance in all strata, particularly in the security sector, adding that the state has adequately extended hands of support not only to the Police but to all the security agencies in the state.
“We have done the needful to support all the security agencies particularly the Police as our administration has provided them relevant security architectures.
“We purchased 25 Armoured Personnel Carriers which have no rival in Nigeria, we also purchased patrol vehicles as well as surveillance helicopter among others to support the security sector”, Aregbesola added