The Akarigbo and Paramount Ruler of Remoland, Oba Michael Sonariwo has challenged the Nigerian Police to be diligent in its proposed recruitment exercise saying that the country has overworked its inadequate police officers.
Oba Sonariwo said this yesterday at his Sagamu Palace in Sagamu Local Government area of Ogun State during his investiture as the grand patron of the Police Community Relation Committee (PCRC) in Sagamu Area Command.
The Monarch who described police job as unpopular said it is unthinkable for the nation to manage about half a million police officers for over 170 million population.
Oba Sonariwo who commended the PCRC for deeming him fight for the award admonished the people of Remoland to be united in fighting crimes in their domains adding that police should be seen as number one friend in the country.
“PCRC is the best organisation, they’ve been their long and from experience, they have been performing well, supporting the police, not only giving information to the police but donating vehicles for efficiency of their work,” he said.
Earlier in her welcome address, the Deputy President of PCRC in Southern Nigeria who also doubled as the Chairperson of the Committee in Ogun State, Chief Adesola Adebutu revealed that Akarigbo was chosen not because he is a Monarch but because of his antecedent in security matters.
Mrs Adebutu who sought the support of the paramount ruler at getting a piece of land to build a police station in Sabo Division of the area revealed that officers of Sabo Station were evicted from a rented apartment which they earlier occupied.
She said, “In Sabo near Kara, there used to be a police station there, I wouldn’t know why they were evicted but it wasn’t built as a police station, it was a makeshift and because of the volatility of that environment, that is why we are insisting that the police station must be back. It is not as if we are having a new police station, once the building is there, we have the land and we are working on it.”
“We learnt that there’s a piece of land that was given to us by the government and that the document was with late Alagura and I have informed Kabiyesi, he is going to work on it for us and as soon as we are able to get the document, we will do the Survey of the place and we will find a way of erecting the building their so that the police can take up.”
While addressing the press, Oba Sonariwo who described the police eviction as news, said, “that place is a rented apartment and it is even a dilapidated building, the roof has gone off and nobody is doing anything about it but getting the land is not going to be a problem, it is coming to me as a news but we are going to relocate them in a very better place in Sabo.”
Alhaji Ibrahim Olaniyan, the Deputy Chairman of the Committee in Ogun State described the police officers in the state as the best in the country. He however said that the Committee will be open for fatherly advice from the Monarch.