…As Osun Speaker seeks police support for Amotekun***
The Ondo State Police Command has debunked rumours of arresting one of the suspects who robbed two banks in Ile-Oluji, even though the incident happened on Feb. 6 and claimed four lives including two police officers.
Speaking on the incident which occurred in Oke Igbo Local Government of the state, the command’s spokesperson, CSP Femi Joseph, debunked the rumours in Akure on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, there were rumours on the social media on Tuesday that one of the bank robbery suspects had been arrested.
“Let me quickly debunk the rumours making the rounds that the robbers or some of the robbers involved in Ile Oluji Bank robbery have been arrested.
“It is true that we have some armed robbery suspects in our custody now, especially those that were involved in some heinous crimes, including various robbery incidents in the state.
”But none of them has so far been linked with the Ile Oluji bank robbery. We are, however, still working on them and on the trail of some that are still at large.
“We need to see if they are connected with the Ile Oluji incident,” Joseph said.
In the meantime, the Speaker, Osun House of Assembly, Mr Timothy Owoeye on Tuesday appealed to the Nigeria Police Force to give moral and operational support to Amotekun, the security initiative of South-West states.
Owoeye made the appeal while receiving the new Osun Commissioner of Police, Mr Jonhson Kokumo, alongside top police officers, who paid him a courtesy visit in his office at the Assembly Complex, Osogbo.
The speaker explained that the police needed to look into issues bothering on developing strategies that would help to tackle insecurity in the state and the country at large.
He reiterated the commitment and readiness of the state 7th Assembly under his watch to render necessary assistance geared towards enhancing efficient and effective policing.
Owoeye said the house was currently working on a legal framework for the ‘Amotekun Bill’, which would work with the police to boost security when operational.
He also informed the police commissioner about the anti-kidnapping bill under consideration by the house.
In his address, the police boss said the the visit was to seek the support of the legislative arm of the government for more effective policing.
According to him, the Inspector General of Police is committed to the idea and concept of community policing, saying the state police command will equally work with the Amotekun security outfit when it becomes operational.