A new Commissioner of Police has assumed office at the State Police Headquarters Eleweran in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, Southwest Nigeria.
CP Abdul Majid Ali is replacing Valentine Ntomchukwu who is now being posted to the Force Headquarters in Abuja.
Addressing men and officers of the Command after the official handover, the new CP harped on professionalism, rule of law and respect for human rights asking them to always maintain a high level of discipline and integrity.
The Commissioner also called for a change of strategy in the fight against criminals and criminal elements across the state.
While assuring residents of adequate security of life and property, he read the riot act to criminals to stay clear of the state or face the consequence of their actions.
The Command, according to the new CP, is more than ever ready to maintain law and order for a habitable society.
The Ogun State Police Command says it has rescued a three year old girl who was allegedly kidnapped in a church in Lagos State last Sunday during a church service while her parents were in the church.
The girl was said to have been seen in a church at Oke Sokori, Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital by members of the community who later informed the Police detectives attached to Adigbe Division Abeokuta Ogun State.
The girl was rescued and handed over to the Juvenile and Women Centre of the Police for proper care.
According to a press statement by the Police Public Relations Officer, preliminary investigation revealed that the kidnappers had demanded for #300,000 (Three Hundred Thousand Naira) ransom from the girl’s parents and promised the parents that they would see her after the ransom has been dropped at a designated place.
The girl was seen with a note on which their Lagos pastor’s telephone number was written, possibly to locate her after the criminals’ transaction with her family.
The rescue of the girl terminated or truncated the operation of the criminals and no ransom was paid before the girl was rescued by the Police.
According to the command spokesperson, the Ogun State Commissioner of Police, Valentine Ntomchukwu, has directed the State Intelligence Bureau of the command to carry out thorough investigation into the matter as the mode of operation adopted by kidnappers in the state in recent times calls for concern.
The Commissioner of Police promised to discuss with his counterpart at the Lagos State Command on the need to tackle the recent development, and plan towards curbing such and arrest the criminals who engage themselves in the inhuman act.
The CP, Valentine Ntomchukwu, also appealed to parents and guardians and church authorities to always keep watch on the young ones in their churches and make adequate internal security arrangement in their churches to curb this menace of the new mode of operation of the kidnappers.
Political parties and their candidates to various political offices have signed a peace accord hinged on the need for peace and order to reign supreme before, during and after the general elections to ensure a violence free general elections in Ogun State, south-west Nigeria.
Directing the affairs at the event held at the State Headquarters of the Police Command, the State Commissioner of Police (CP) Valentine Ntomchukwu read the riot act to erring political parties and their supporters saying it would not shy away from wielding the big stick against any act of violence
Political parties and their supporters who attended the peace accord signing also promised to abide by the laid down rules and regulations guiding peaceful conduct of the polls
The State Commissioner of Police said that Ogun State currently seemed to be enjoying relative peace as political parties and politicians do their acts to woo more voting public for eventual victory at the polls but there is the need to sustain the tempo and this signing of the peace accord by politicians may not be out of place after all.
One after another, candidates and representatives of political parties before police officials and other service chiefs took their turn to append their signature in what seemed an article of faith for a peaceful electioneering, before, during and after the elections.
Issues were raised by members of political parties as regards observed potential development that could trigger off violence among political parties as some parties alleged destruction of their candidate, posters and bill boards, a situation the CP said would not be treated with kid gloves.
The Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mr Taiwo Adeoluwa, who represented the State Governor, Sen Ibikunle Amosun, however, seized the opportunity to pledge the support of the State government to ensure peaceful and violence free general elections.
Aside the promises made, it is expected that stakeholders must jealously abide by the terms and conditions of this accord.