The Inspector General of Police, IGP Kayode Adeolu Egbetokun, has undertaken a working visit to Kwara State with a view to strengthening the relationship between the police force and the local community.
A statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, says the visit which took place Friday, 24 November 2023, is also aimed at reinforcing the importance of professionalism and people-friendly policing.
The Police Chief while in the State, paid a courtesy call on the Emir of Ilorin, Ibrahim Sulu Gambari Dan Bawa, at his palace. During this meeting, the IGP and the Emir discussed matters of mutual interest, focusing on collaborative efforts to enhance the safety and security of the people in Kwara State.
IGP Egbetokun expressed gratitude for the Emir’s continuous support and emphasized the crucial role traditional leaders play in maintaining peace and order within their domains.
Subsequently, the IGP proceeded to the Kwara State Police Command Headquarters, where he addressed officers and men of the Force, underscoring the importance of professionalism, adherence to ethical standards, and the need for a people-friendly, law-abiding approach to policing.
While commending the officers for their dedication to duty, Egbetokun emphasized the paramount importance of earning the trust and confidence of the community they serve and having high esteem in their careers.
He highlighted the significance of community policing and encouraged officers to actively engage with the public, fostering a collaborative effort in the fight against crime.
He further stressed the importance of respect for human rights and the rule of law in the discharge of their duties.
In the same vein, the IGP visited the Executive Governor of Kwara State, AbdulRahman AbdulRasaq, where discussions centred on collaborative initiatives to ensure the safety and security of the State’s residents. The IGP commended the governor for his continuous support of the Nigeria Police Force in maintaining law and order.
He appreciated the State citizens and pledged that the Nigeria Police Force would work in synergy with local communities and government authorities to ensure the safety and security of all.