The zone 5 headquarters of the Nigerian Police Force, says no fewer than 40 suspects have been arrested in the zone between July and September.
This is contained in a statement on Friday by AIG Lawan Jimeta, who is in charge of the zone, and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja.
Jimeta, highlighting the achievements of the zone which comprises of Edo, Delta and Bayelsa, within the period under review disclosed that 32 cases were reported to the zone.
He also disclosed that 10 of the cases were presently under investigation, adding that 21 suspects were awaiting trials.
He however said that whereas no conviction was recorded within the period, exhibits which included a knife, short single barrel gun, two locally made single barrel guns and one locally made single barrel gun were recovered.
The AIG disclosed that 15 suspects were arrested in July for crimes ranging from alleged murder, arson, armed robbery, communal clash, to unlawful possession of firearms.
“In August we arrested 16 suspects for crimes ranging from alleged child trafficking, unlawful possession of firearms, murder, armed robbery, and communal clash.
“In September, we also arrested nine suspects for alleged murder, arson, armed robbery, communal clash as well as kidnapping”, he said.
Giving a further breakdown of the figure, he said that within the period under review, six persons were arrested for alleged murder, two for arson, seven for armed robbery and eight for communal clash.
“For alleged kidnapping one suspect was arrested, one suspect arrested for child trafficking, five for unlawful possession of firearms and two for .
” The police chief noted that for some now, communal clashes had been a major challenge in the zone.
He however said that the zone was much ready to tackle the challenge within the ambit of the law.
Jimeta said that with the modest achievements recorded, it was obvious that the zonal command was working assiduously to reduce crime rate within its jurisdiction to the barest minimum.
The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), on Thursday in Abuja distributed 60 operational vehicles to security agencies, as part of efforts to combat security threats in the territory.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the vehicles were distributed to the Police Force, military and paramilitary organisations.
Others are the Christian Association of Nigeria and the Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs.
FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Bello, said at the presentation that the intervention was to help improve the capacity of security agencies in the FCT to optimally discharge their duties.
Bello, who enjoined the beneficiaries to use the vehicles judicioUsly, disclosed that each of the vehicles was backed by a three-year maintenance contract.
He reiterated that the FCT remained safe, adding that the administration had confidence in the ability of security agencies to provide adequate security to the territory.
The minister, therefore, pledged FCTA’s continuous support to the security agencies in the discharge of their responsibilities.
“What we are doing today is to showcase the FCTA’s contribution to the Federal Government’s efforts.
“It is our expectation that these vehicles and other security equipments will be put to effective use.
“President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration has put in place several measures to confront current security challenges and to contain the threats posed by criminals in all forms and guises.
“Through the efforts of our security agencies, many potentially devastating criminal acts have been prevented.
“In fact, I make bold to say that for every crime committed, several others were nipped in the bud,” Bello said.
The minister enjoined residents to support the efforts of government and security agencies to secure the territory.
“Residents also have roles to play in this collective fight against crime and criminality by promptly reporting to the relevant security agencies any suspicious individual or situation.
“It is only by doing this, that the fight against crime can truly be won,” he said.
Bello disclosed that the FCTA Security Council had approved the disbursement of N500 million to the six Area Councils for the commencement of community policing.
Also speaking, the FCT Minister of State, Dr Ramatu Aliyu, noted that the procurement of the 60 operational vehicles, fitted with communication gadgets, would enhance the security architecture of the territory.
“This modest effort by the FCT Administration is also in line with Section 14(2) of the 1999 Constitution (As Amended) which states that the security and welfare of the people shall be the primary purpose of government.
“Therefore, the FCT Administration places priority on the safety and security of lives and property,” she added.
On his part, the Inspector-General of Police, Alkali Usman, assured that the police and other benefiting agencies would ensure judicious use of the vehicles.
Usman, represented by Kayode Egbetokun, the AIG in Charge of Zone 7, thanked the FCT Administration for its usual support to the security agencies.
Also, the Chairman, Senate Committee on FCT, Sen. Smart Adeyemi, observed that the prevailing security challenges in the nation’s capital had overshadowed the laudable infrastructural provisions in the territory.
Adeyemi, however, lauded the FCTA for the provision of workable operational vehicles to boost security of lives and property in the territory.
Insurance company restrictions on oil and gas are finally starting to catch up with those on coal, according to new data (https://bit.ly/3eG18JD) from Insure Our Future (https://global.
Insure-Our-Future .com), co-published with Greenpeace (www.Greenpeace.org/Africa/).
Ahead of COP27, the campaign coalition argues that insurers must now abandon new coal, oil and gas entirely, and show that the industry is ready to meet its net-zero emissions commitments.
Insure Our Future's annual scorecard ranks the top 30 global fossil fuel insurers based on the quality of their fossil fuel exclusion policies.
This year, Allianz, AXA and Axis Capital ranked top for their coal exit policies, while Aviva, Hannover Re and Munich Re ranked top for their oil and gas exclusions.
At the bottom of the fossil fuel rankings is a group of insurers that have not yet adopted any restrictions on providing coverage for coal, oil or gas projects, including US insurers Berkshire Hathaway and Starr and Bermuda airline Everest Re The UK's Lloyd's of London also scores very low, as it announced a coal exit framework in 2020, but then backtracked by declaring it optional.
Liberty Mutual, Chubb and Tokio Marine have adopted some restrictions on coal but are actively ensuring the expansion of the oil and gas industry.
Chinese insurers PICC and Sinosure have not adopted any restrictions on fossil fuels but, following Chinese government policy, they will no longer cover new coal-fired power plants abroad.
Peter Bosshard, global coordinator of the Insure Our Future campaign and lead author of the Scorecard, said: “Insurance is the Achilles' heel of the fossil fuel industry and has the power to accelerate the transition to clean energy.
All insurance companies must immediately align their businesses with the 1.5C target of the Paris Agreement and stop insuring new coal, oil and gas projects.” The world's worst deal to secure The report highlights some of the most dangerous projects underway today: the July 2022 auction for exploration rights to 30 oil and gas blocks in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
Some of these blocks, auctioned off without the free, prior and informed consent of local communities, overlap with protected areas, including the Virunga National Park, a World Heritage Site, and with the peat bogs of Cuvette Centrale, a biodiversity hotspot that it contains around 30 gigatonnes of carbon, equivalent to three years of global fossil fuel emissions.
“The Congo oil and gas auction has been called the worst place in the world to extract oil.
The Scoreboard report shows why it may be the world's worst deal to secure," said Kuba Gogolewski, finance expert with Greenpeace's Money for Change campaign, co-editor of the report.
“Rejecting the new fight for Africa by fossil fuel companies and denying their request for reinsurance in the Congo oil and gas auction is a minimal test for the climate commitments of the insurance industry,” said Irene Wabiwa, leader Greenpeace Congo Basin Forest International.
The scorecard in detail At the time of last year's COP, only Suncorp, Generali and AXA had adopted restrictions on conventional oil and gas project insurance.
But last year, Allianz, Aviva, Fidelis, Hannover Re, KBC, Mapfre, Munich Re, SCOR, Swiss Re and Zurich did the same, bringing the total number of policies to 13.
As a result, the insurers' market share with oil and gas restrictions has grown from 3% to 38% among reinsurers, and from 5% to 15% among primary insurers.
18 insurers have ruled out support for Canada's Trans Mountain pipeline and 17 have pledged not to get involved in the East African crude pipeline.
While the number of oil and gas restrictions is growing, the quality is highly uneven.
Aviva and Hannover Re have the strongest policies, but are not major players in the oil and gas sector.
More significantly, Munich Re, Swiss Re and Allianz adopted ambitious policies with commitments to stop insuring most or all new oil and gas production projects.
By contrast, AXA and Zurich, both major oil and gas insurers, took only minor steps with commitments to end insurance for oil exploration, but not for new oil production or gas exploration or production.
Meanwhile, major fossil fuel insurers such as AIG, Chubb, Lloyd's and Tokio Marine have yet to adopt any restrictions on conventional oil and gas.
Meanwhile, coal has become less and less insurable outside of China.
The number of coal exit policies rose from 35 to 41 last year, with major US insurers AIG and Travelers finally joining the fray.
The market share of insurers with carbon exclusions has reached 62% in reinsurance markets and 39% in primary insurance markets.
Many of the remaining insurers without coal exclusions are not active in the fossil fuel sector, and the remaining coal insurers lack the experience or capacity to underwrite large new coal-fired power plants outside of China, the Insure Our Future report concludes.
Disaster Capitalism Munich Re estimated that in 2021, weather disasters caused losses of $280 billion, up from $210 billion in 2020 and $166 billion in 2019.
More recently, Hurricane Ian has shown that the risks caused due to the climate emergency they are making insurance unaffordable for growing parts.
of the population.
While many reinsurers have ended or reduced their exposure to natural disasters, the largest players, notably Munich Re, Swiss Re and Hannover Review, see weather risks as a business opportunity and have increased their rates for natural catastrophe coverage.
Insurance companies are passing these premium increases on to their clients and withdrawing entirely from areas that are highly exposed to weather risks.
Elana Sulakshana, Senior Campaigner at Rainforest Action Network, said: “Insurance companies cannot be expected to absorb the rising costs of climate disasters alone, but it is unacceptable that they abandon climate-affected communities while continuing to fuel the climate emergency by supporting the expansion of fossil fuel production."
In addition, many climate disasters can no longer be called 'natural' disasters.
As the science of attribution improves, insurance companies could determine which fossil fuel companies are contributing to their growing losses and to what extent.Instead of passing these costs on to their clients, insurers should take fossil fuel companies to court and force them to pay for the losses they are creating.
polluters pay, keep weather insurance affordable and force fuels companies stop expanding and reduce their production in line with what is needed to keep global warming within 1.5°C.
its of voluntary commitments In June, the UN's Race to Zero campaign mandated that members of net-zero alliances “must phase out and phase out all fossil fuels unabated”.
However, Renaud Guidée, president of the Net-Zero Insurance Alliance, has said that despite the new UN criteria, he has no plans to require the 29 members of the alliance to exclude coverage for fossil fuel projects.
The lack of sufficient voluntary action by the insurance industry highlights the need for further regulation.
In June, as part of its sanctions on Russia, the EU banned the provision of insurance for the transport of Russian crude, showing that regulators can act quickly and effectively in crisis situations.
Ariel Le Bourdonnec, campaigner for Reclaim Finance, said: “The climate emergency is the defining crisis of the 21st century and regulators must act as decisively as they have in response to the war in Ukraine.
They should force insurers to align their business with 1.5°C routes if the carriers and their alliances are not prepared to do it on their own.”
Mr Olawale Olokode, Osun Commissioner of Police, has assured residents of the state of adequate security, visible policing, and asked for their cooperation in providing information to help prevent crimes.
SP Yemisi Opalola, the Police Spokesperson, disclosed this in a statement on Friday, saying the CP gave the assurance at the inauguration of Police Officers mess in Osogbo.
“The CP, AIG Olawale Olokode, while commissioning the newly built ultra modern Police Officers mess, at Oke-Fia, Osogbo, on Tuesday, assured the people of the state, on behalf of Inspector General of Police, IGP Usman Baba Alkali, of adequate and visibility Policing.
“He also appreciated and congratulated his senior police officers that God used to build the edifice for their quick positive response, strong support and assistance which are indispensable to the completion and commissioning of the structure.
“He stated that the building would serve as a relaxation centre for officers and enhance good productivity.
” she said.
Opalola reported the CP as saying the inauguration marked an important milestone in making the Police and members of the public come closer to enhance effective and efficient policing in our vicinity.
She said the AIG requested for more support from the public, in terms of giving timely and factual information to the Police and other security agencies that would assist in bringing criminal activities to the minimal level.
“The CP thanked the management team, senior police officers and other dignitaries present at the occasion, promising to continue to work together with critical stakeholders to provide peaceful atmosphere and improve the security of lives and property of the people.
The Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) in charge of Zone 16, Mr Abraham Ayim, has officially bowed out of active service in the Nigeria Police.
The Zone 16 Command of the Nigeria police comprises Rivers and Bayelsa states with headquarters in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa capital.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the retirement of the AIG from the force was a triple celebration as it coincided with his 60th birthday and the delivery of a baby boy by his daughter.
Ayim’s retirement celebration, which was held at the DSP Alamieyeseigha Memorial Banquet Hall of Government House in Yenagoa, drew dignitaries from all works of life.
Delivering his farewell address, the outgoing AIG expressed gratitude to God for enabling him to reach the peak of his career, stating that “I have no regrets whatsoever being a police man.
“If I have another opportunity to return to the world, I will come back a police man.
” The police chief attributed his successes in the profession to the cooperation of his men and the goodwill he enjoyed from members of the public.
He added that “you cannot police effectively without the assistance of the public.
With the support of the public, we were able to surmount our challenges,” he said.
He thanked the governors and governments of Rivers and Bayelsa for their hospitality and support, urging them to extend same warm working relationship to whoever that would succeed him in the zone.
On the 2023 general elections, Ayim urged the officers and men of the police force to be wary of politicians with deceitful tendencies but adhere to professionalism in the discharge of their constitutionally assigned duties.
“Electioneering season is a very delicate period.
No police officer should cheaply give himself to politicians to be deceived with a token.
Don’t allow yourself to be deceived,” he added.
The Commissioner of Police in charge of the Bayelsa state, Mr Ben Okolo, described the outgoing AIG as an astute police officer who was professional to the core at the point of duty, adding that his meritorious service would be greatly missed.
Okolo wished the AIG a life of fulfilment and good health outside service, pointing out that the retired senior police officer would remain a reference point to him and other policemen in terms of professional advice.
The Senator representing Bayelsa Central Senatorial District, Moses Cleopas; the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Criminal Investigative Department, zone 16 Sadiq Aliyu, and the zonal Police Public Relations Officer all spoke glowingly of the outgoing AIG.
They described him as an astute investigator and a thorough bred police officer who married personal and professional duties with a high sense of professionalism with humility and respect for persons and ideas of those who worked under him, whether great or small.
The highlights of the event were the cutting of the cake and presentation of gifts from the zone 16 and other groups to the retired sheriff.
Before his appointment as AIG in 2021, Abraham Ayim, who hails from Ogoja Local Government Area of Cross Rivers state, held several key positions in the force and became the commissioner in charge of administration in the Department of Finance and Administration, Force Headquarters, Abuja.
The Inspector-General of Police (I-G), Mr Usman Baba, has ordered the deployment of adequate personnel nationwide, ahead of the Oct. 1 Independence Day celebration.
The Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, said this in a statement on Friday in Abuja.
Baba said the order was to provide protection for citizens, critical national infrastructure and ensure the success of all activities lined up for the independence celebration.
The police boss said the deployment was also to prevent any untoward situation throughout the period and beyond.
Baba had directed Strategic Police Managers, comprising Assistant Inspectors-General of Police (AIGs) and Commissioners of Police (CPs) to ensure high visibility and confidence boosting patrols.
He urged the senior officers to ensure that the patrol covers the venues of the celebrations, residential areas and other public places to prevent infiltration by hostile elements and ensure a peaceful celebration.
The I-G pledged the unalloyed loyalty and dedication of the Nigeria Police to safeguard the sovereignty of the country and combat crimes and criminality to ensure the safety of the citizenry.
Baba enjoined Nigerians to cooperate with the police and other security agencies, for improved security management at various public gatherings during the celebration.
The Police Service Commission (PSC) has approved the appointment of two Deputy Inspectors-General of Police (DIGs) and promotion of 427 senior police officers.
Mr Ikechukwu Ani, the Head of Press and Public Relations of PSC said this in a statement on Friday in Abuja.
He said the commission had also, approved promotion examinations for police officers in line with the Public Service Rules with effect from 2023. Ani said the decisions were highpoints of the 15th Plenary Meeting of the Commission presided over by its acting Chairman, Justice Clara Ogunbiyi, (rtd) He said the newly appointed DIGs were Mr Bello Sadiq, currently, Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG) Zone 1, Kano and Mr Dandaura Mustapha, AIG Zone 4, Makurdi.
Ani said Sadiq was appointed to fill the vacant position of DIG, Force Intelligence Bureau (FIB).
According to him, Dandaura, whose appointment takes effect from Oct. 20 will be replacing Sadiq who is expected to retire from the service on the said date.
He said the promotion of 12 Commissioners of Police (CPs) to the next rank of AIG were also approved by the commission.
Ani said the newly promoted CPs were Egbetokun Adeolu, Emienbo Assayomo, Christiana Cookey, Evelyn Peterside, Eboka Friday, Adesina Soyemi, Asafa Adekunle and Edward Egbuka.
Others are Janet Agbede, Oruebo Daso, Olokode Olawale and Abutu Yaro. Ani said 57 Assistant Commissioners of Police (ACPs) were also promoted to Deputy Commissioners of Police (DCPs) while 60 Chief Superintendents of Police (CSPs) were promoted to the rank of ACPs. He said 286 Superintendents of Police (Sps) were promoted to CSPs. The PSC spokesman said the commission also, approved the setting up of 11-Member Police Promotion Examination Board.
He sad the board would have a representative of the Nigeria Police Force who must not be below the rank of DIG.
The Independent Corrupt Practices And Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) on Tuesday in Akure admonished traditional and religious leader as well as civil society groups to promote behavioural change to curb corruption in the country.
Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye, Chairman, ICPC, who was represented by AIG Olugbenga Adeyanju (Rtd.), a member of the commission board, gave the admonition at a sensitisation dialogue with traditional rulers, religious leaders and community-based civil society groups.
The sensitisation dialogue was on “Behavioural Change National Ethics and Integrity Policy(NEIP), Constituency & Executive Projects Tracking Initiative (CEPTI)“.
Owasanoye explained that it had become imperative for traditional and religious leaders and other stakeholders to initiate and sustain behavioural change among the people.
According to him, one will be shocked to realise the extent to which corruption has shortchanged all of us, especially the ordinary people.
“I believe this realisation will underscore why every core value of ethics and integrity policy should be imbibed, practised and upheld by all.
“You as leaders should deepen your partnership with the ICPC in diminishing corruption and using your good offices in promoting ethics, values and behavioural change and building a better Nigeria for all of us.
“As religious leaders, you, our pastors and Imams, are not only spirituals guides but also moral compasses by which we measure the positive growth or otherwise of the society.
“You have followership, you have influence and command respect.
Use these to bring about an enduring positive behavioural change among our people.
“Nigerians are good people, let not the actions and attitude of a few bad eggs among us give us all a bad name,” he said.
The ICPC chairman called on all the stakeholders to organise events in their collective desire to enthrone a Nigeria glowing with integrity, transparency and accountability in all spheres.
Earlier, Mr Kupolati Kayode, Resident Anti-Corruption Commissioner (RACC) in Ondo State, had said that the dialogue was aimed at enthroning behavioral change and socio-economic rebirth in the society.
Kayode, who said that ICPC could not do the work effectively without the cooperation and inputs of all stakeholders, said the sensitisation would help in spreading the anti-corruption message and also improve service delivery to Nigeria and Nigerians.
“The people who perpetrate these acts are not aliens, they are our sons and daughters, followers, legislators, civil servants and contractors.
“The commission, therefore, needs your full support in the onerous fight against corruption in our nation by joining hands with the ICPC in this fight,” he said.
The Deji of Akure Kingdom, Oba Aladetoyinbo Ogunlade, who is also State Chairman, Council of Traditional Rulers, was represented by the Osemawe of Ondo Kingdom, Oba Victor Kiladejo.
He expressed appreciation to the ICPC for the initiative, saying it would go a long way to achieve the desired results.
Ogunlade implored the commission and government to always carry the traditional institution along in order to stem corruption in the society.
“In our respective communities, there is need for us to come together so that traditional institutions will be proactive by working hand-in-hand with the government to fight corruption in the society,” he said.
One of the participants, Alhaji Yusuf Agbesinga, the Imam of Gaga Muslim Community in Akure, also called on the commission to create more awareness to tackle the menace of corruption.
He said both the leaders and the led were corrupt.
“If we want corruption to be reduced in our society, our government needs to engage more youths by employing them while both the parents and guardians should teach their children and wards the way of God,” he said.
Also, Mr Olumuyiwa Olawolu, Are Agbe-Asaga of Ondo State, implored government to include traditionalists among those administering the oath of allegiance for office holders so that they could take the oath through “ogun and others traditional gods.
“If we do this, I am sure corruption will become a thing of the past in the country.
“If we want to fight and curb corruption, we must involve traditionalists while our leaders and office holders take oath of office through ogun, sango and others,” he said.
Nigerian nurses have been commended for always putting their best in rendering healthcare services despite the hazards and other challenges they often face.
Mr Bestman Anekwe, the Chairman of NIPCO Plc, gave the commendation on Friday at the closing session of the 2022 FCT Nurses and dinner in Abuja.
The event was organised by the the National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM).
Anekwe said that Nigerian nurses had done well by helping to bring succour to the downtrodden and the elites, adding that “it is only God that will reward them”.
Anekwe, who was bestowed with an excellent leadership award by the nurses, noted that the work the nurses were doing could be likened to divine call to serve humanity.
“There was a time NIPCO plc brought about 17 doctors to Nigeria and they helped our people with bad sight, the nurses were on the ground to assist these doctors.
“What Nigerian nurses are doing cannot be paid back by Nigerians, it is only God that will reward them handsomely because they are serving humanity,” Anekwe said.
He expressed surprise that the nurses found him worthy to be honoured with an award and advised them to continue to put in their best.
The Chairman of NANNM, FCT Chapter, Ms Deborah Yusuf said that the association decided to honour 19 recipients based on their services to the society.
She said that most of the awardees had distinguished themselves in their various professions “and that is why NANNM deemed it fit to recognise them”.
“Most of these awardees have really impacted the nursing profession and other aspects of life, that is why we felt that honour should be given to whom honour is due to.
“We are very happy that we invited them for these awards and they all honoured our invitation.
“The awardees should keep doing the good work.
“He who much is given, much is expected; I want them to do more in their various chosen professions,” Yusuf said.
She described the 2022 nurses week, which began on Sept. 16, with various activities as “fabulous and exciting”.
Yusuf said that all the programmes held during the week were all about celebrating the nurses as well as socialising.
The awardees included Mr Issa Aremu, the Director-General, Michael Imoudu National Institute of Labour, Ilorin, Kwara; and Mrs Margaret Eze, HOD, Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria.
Others are Mrs Salome Tor, Chairman Logo LGA, Benue; Mrs Maryam Jere, Wife of Comptroller General, Nigeria Immigration; AIG Bala Ciroma; AIG Danladi Lala; and Sunday Ekpen, a nurse and Head of Operations, Alliance Hospital, Abuja.
The list also included Adamu Noma, private school proprietor, Sen. Binos Yaroe, Mr Ugonma Anosike, National Chairman, FOLGOWN, Mr Umar Tijjani, Perm. Sec., amongst others.
The Nigeria Police Force says it has commenced training for its officers, other security agencies and stakeholders in South-West on election management for peaceful conduct of the 2023 general elections.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the three-day workshop, which started on Tuesday in Ibadan, was organised by the police, in collaboration with Solar Consult Company Ltd. Theme of the workshop is: “2023 General Elections: Enhancing National Security Capacity for a Secured and Credible Electoral Process in Nigeria.
” NAN reports that present at the event were representatives of NSCDC, Immigration, NDLEA, Army, INEC officials, IPAC, religious leaders and traditional rulers.
A former Inspector-General of Police, Solomon Arase, who facilitated the programme, said that similar workshop was held in Kano, Enugu, Benin and Maiduguri with the final being held in South-West geo-political zone.
Arase said the workshop was to sharpen the security knowledge and capacity of security agencies that would participate in the conduct of 2023 general elections.
He said the training was necessitated by the realisation of less professional conduct and poor coordination of law enforcement agencies during the past elections, as well as concerns raised by people within and outside Nigeria on the past elections.
Arase said it was projected that the workshop would lead to the attainment of credible election, entrench democratic value and strengthen national security.
He said that no fewer than 64 experts from legal and academic fields were selected to lecture the participants.
Also, IGP Usman Baba, represented by AIG Bode Adeleke, Zone II, called on the participants to work toward ensuring the peaceful conduct of the 2023 general elections and beyond.
Baba said that achieving peaceful elections in Nigeria was not only the responsibility of INEC, but the duty of all and sundry, adding that everyone has a role to play.
The Commissioner of Police in Oyo State, Adebowale Williams, said that police and other security agencies in the state would continue to synergise toward achieving peaceful conduct of the general elections.
Williams assured the organiser that the lesson learnt during the workshop would be passed on to other officers.
He, also assured the people of Oyo State on the peaceful and fair conduct of election in the state.
Commenting, Apostle Dare Ojo, the state Chairman of Inter- Party Adversary Council (IPAC), called on heads of security agencies to find a way of ensuring that security agents vote during the elections.
Ojo said that political parties needed the votes of security personnel considering their huge number.
He said that their participation in the election would add to the votes of various political parties, leading to credibility of the election.
Declaring the workshop open, the state acting Governor, Bayo Lawal, said that the state had invested heavily on education, economy and security for peace to reign in the state.
Lawal, represented by Special Adviser to the Governor on Security, a retired Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, said that creation of Oyo State Security Network (Amotekun Corps) was a way of complimenting the police efforts to strengthen security at the grassroots.