Bukola Adeyinka, Abeokuta
In order to reduce kidnapping and human parts business to the bearest minimum in Ogun State, the Commissioner of Police(CP), Mr Ahmed Iliyasu, has appealed to traditional medicine practitioners(TMP) in the state to help the police in curbing the menace.
Iliyasu who made the appeal at a one-day workshop for the TMP in Sango – Ota area of the state said the TMP could only assist the police by “regularising their practice, carry out membership registration to eliminate quacks and also screen their clients to ascertain the genuineness and legality of the help they seek”.
The workshop was organised by the Police Community Relations Committee(PCRC) for the alternative medicine practitioners in the state
The theme of the workshop is “Effective Policing: Role of Traditional Medicine Practitioners.”
The Police boss explained that the only way the police could succeed in providing adequate security to lives and properties was to maintain a cordial relationship with the citizens, urging the people of Ogun to help the police with valid information.
“We have concern for security of lives and properties in the State and for us to carry out effective policing we need first hand information from you. There are some people who believes that the only way they can survive Is through criminal activities, we will hunt them down. We have gotten a new police which is ready to protect the right of the people”.
“We are here to make Ogun state stable, sanitise the society and say no to brutality”.
He urged “Make sure your hands are clean, regularise and formalise what you are doing.
“Help us to make the state free of kidnapping, cultism and dealings in human parts. Assess your clients to ascertain the genuineness and legality of the help they seek from you.
The Commissioner added “If you observe anything suspicious, contact the Police and whatever information you give will be kept in confidence and do not settle matter at the corner. The era of pranks are over”.
The Chairman of PCRC in the state, Alh. Ibraheem Olaniyan, said the essence of the workshop was to raise the awareness level of alternative medicine practitioners to issues of crimes in the state.
Olaniyan added that the PCRC is “tired of reports of Imams or pastor or herbalist caught with human parts or defile a teenager” in the state.
The lead Speaker and Zonal Police Public Relations Officer, Zone 2(Lagos and Ogun) Superintendent of Police (SP), Olumuyiwa Adejobi, said security and effective policing is collective responsibility for all, adding that the police is ready to tackle any criminal activities.
He said that there could never be effective policing without the traditional institution, saying they know the in and out of their various community.
Adejobi explained that the role of the TMP in effective policing was to provide the police first hand information, saying “Police cannot do it alone”.
All those who spoke later commended the Commissioner of Police and PCRC for organising the workshop.