Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State yesterday said no state in the federation has invested in equipping the Police as Osun has done in the last five years.
This was even as the new Commissioner of Police, Osun State command, Mr. Kola Sodipo noted that the police in Nigeria cannot succeed without community policing.
Aregbesola stated this while receiving Sodipo and the out-going Commissioner, Mr. Abubakar Marafa, who visited him at the Government House.
The governor added that Osun is committed to ensuring that the Police and other security agencies are given maximum support so as to protect lives and property and maintain peace and security.
He noted that police are the extension of civil society and the most visible agents that protect the people against any security threat.
The governor called on the new Commissioner of Police to maintain strict professionalism, and enjoin his officers and men to uphold ethics, rules and regulations of policing.
He said, “In the last five years of my administration in Osun, no state has invested in support of police as this state has done.
Aregbesola added that throughout the tenure of Mararfa as the boss of the state Police Command, no single case of armed robbery was recorded, saying that virtually all other Commissioners of Police that have served in the state left indelible marks as a professional.
In his response, the new Commissioner of Police, Mr. Kola Sodipo stressed that he will do his best to keep the state secured and devoid of criminal activities.
In his remarks, the out-gone Commissioner of Police, Mr. Abubakar Marafa thanked all for their cooperation when he was at the helms of affairs in the state.