• Monday, July 15, 2024
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Abiodun warns criminals to avoid Ogun

Abiodun warns criminals to avoid Ogun

Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun has warmed criminals to avoid the state as his administration has zero tolerance for crimes and criminal activities.

Abiodun gave the warning while playing host to Kenneth Ebrimson, the new Commissioner of Police (CP) posted to Ogun. He said the state would be intolerant to any form of crime or criminality.

“As a gateway state, bordering some states and a neighbouring country, this comes with advantages and disadvantages. It means that criminals also go through our state. We will continue to be innovative and very intolerant to crimes and criminality.

“We intend to keep the peace we are enjoying and that is why we are putting in place measures to ensure that the overflow from Lagos translates into a society where people can come and live, work and play without any fear of being attacked, robbed, kidnapped or live with any fear of criminal behaviour.

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He added that his administration would do all within its powers to sustain the peace the state was currently enjoying.

“For us, the issue of security is number one. Our vision is to create a conducive environment for public private sector partnership because we cannot fund all the projects we intend to embark. We have to look at bringing in potential investors to partner with us. If we want to do that, we must have a state that is peaceful.

“We believe that is the only way we can enhance the economic potential of the state. If the economy of the state is where it should be, it will percolate down to individual prosperity”, the governor added.

He commended the outgoing CP, Bashir Makama for a great job while in the state and attributed the peace in Ogun to the cooperation from the police in achieving a crime-free society.

While pledging his government would continue to support the police and other security agencies in the state to discharge their constitutional duties, the governor welcomed the new police boss to a familiar terrain, having served in all the three senatorial districts in the state in various capacities in the past.

The CP, Kenneth Ebrimson, said he was in the state to serve the people as a crime fighter. He said as someone on the field, he would work to reduce to the barest minimum, crimes and criminality. He promised to guarantee the safety of lives and property of the people no matter who is involved.