The Ogun Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi has blamed the high rate of criminality in the country on religious leaders who only preach gospel of prosperity.
He also disclosed that some parents indulge their children in evil acts, stressing that their actions and inactions have contributed greatly to the high rate of criminality and insecurity in the society.
“Since many parents have failed in their parental responsibilities, their failure has led to the high rate of criminality and insecurity in our country”, he noted
described security as an important factor in nation building, saying that provision of effective and effective security in the country required the cooperation and support of all citizens.
Oyeyemi who made the submission at a public lecture organized by Junior Chamber International (JCI), Abeokuta in partnership with the Ogun State Command of the Nigeria Police, charged Nigerians to should join hands with the nation’s security agencies to ensure provision of adequate security of lives and property to all and sundry.
At the lecture with the theme: “Security is everyone’s business: Let us Act as One”, Oyeyemi said, all Nigerians should be security conscious, adding that it should not be left in the hand of government alone.
He said, “the law of the country empowers all Nigerians to arrest anybody perceived to be criminals in their community. When such people are arrested, they should be handed over to the Police for proper investigation and prosecution in law court”.
“Members of the public need to play complementary role to security agencies to enable them provide effective security to the country. They should endeavour to report suspicious movement or persons in their various communities to the police”.
“There is no way Police can adequately provide security in any community without the support and cooperation of the people in that community”, Oyeyemi said.
The Ogun State Police image make used the opportunity of the lecture to debunk the insinuation in the public that Police reveal identities of their informants to criminals, saying that any officer caught doing this would be dismissed and prosecuted in law court.
He encouraged members of the public to make use of the social media in giving information to the police.
On her part, the National President of JCI, Adetola Juyitan said members of the organization create impact in Nigeria communities.
She said, “JCI believes that young people have the power to create positive change in the world. To us, the development of individual personality and character will result in better communities. We believe that a more peaceful world can be achieved through active citizenship; individuals assuming responsibility to solve problems in their immediate community”.
“As young people, we must understand that change begins with us and we must inspire the next generation of young active citizens to take up civic responsibilities as our only vehicle to national development. As Citizens in action, let us continue to engage, inspire and act for the future of our dear country Nigeria”, she said.
In his address of welcome, the President, JCI Abeokuta, Idowu Surajudeen noted that the nation security and peace is a collective responsibility of all stakeholders, positing that no group or individual can single handedly handle successfully the affairs of insecurity of any state without getting all hands on desk.
He said, “Many believe that the issue of security is strictly a Police business. This assertion is far from the truth. The paramilitary or armed forces can only achieve its aim with information provided by public”.
“Keeping peace and secured society requires collective responsibility and efforts, and it is everybody’s business and not just police problem, saying that to achieve this, we need to act as one”.
At the event, three officers of the Nigeria Police were given award for their contributions to the organization. They included SP Muyiwa Adejobi; the DPO of Ibara Police State; Instagram, Abeokuta; Segun Dada and STW Anifat Bello for her diligence to duty.