Hours after he was appointed Youth Ambassaor of Ogun state by the Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, the winner of the 5th edition of the BBnaija TV reality show, Olamilekan Agbeleshebioba has pleaded with the state Commissioner of Police, CP Edward Ajogun in his office to strengthen the relationship between the Force and the youth constituency in the state.
Laycon as popularly called, expressed concern over the issues of Police brutality in the country charging the officers and men not to make themselves too fearful for the citizens to approach in times of need.
He said, “The popular ‘Police is your Friend’ mantra is different from what many citizens experience in the hands of Police officers. I usually get scared whenever I see policemen as a result of the unjust treatment I have experienced in the past and it baffles me why I would be scared of those that are meant to protect me.”
“People should have confidence in the Police Force and not fear at the sight of them without wrongdoing. Fear for men of the Nigeria Police Force is majorly from the brutality many have suffered over the years with little or no consequences.
But now, as the Youth Ambassador in Ogun State, I hope to see this become a thing of the past while I give my support to the Force in whatever way it is required”.
Responding, the Commissioner of Police assured the delegate that the Police Force does not condone acts of brutality by its officers, adding that the Force had a special unit that investigates cases of Police brutality and takes necessary actions against officers found guilty.
“No case of brutality against an officer of the Force has been reported without us investigating and taking the necessary decision to punish an officer found guilty of it.
“The Force seriously frowns at cases of brutality and severely punishes eering officers.
I assure you of our commitment towards maintaining peace and order in the society”, he promised. Also speaking, Special Assistant to the Governor on Youth and Sports, Comrade Olamide Lawal commended the Force for their efforts towards ensuring peace in Ogun state and around the country.
He maintained that a peaceful society involves the active participation of youths and that Ogun state is blessed with peace loving youths who channel their strength towards productive contributions to their environments.
Among the entourage of the Youth Ambassador were the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Agriculture, Dr Angel Kuye, and her colleague on Inter-Ethnic relationship among others