Nigeria: Ife Central Government Boss Calls for Police Post at Secretariat

By Demola Akinyemi, 19 July 2000

Osogbo — IN order to ensure adequate security in the area, chairman of Ife Central local government area of Osun State, Hon Abdu-Rauf Adekunle Adeniji, has called for the creation of a permanent police post at the council secretariat, which he said would also serve the adjoining state high court and people of Ajebamidele area.

The council boss made the request when the new Commissioner of Police in Osun State, Alhaji Alli Daudu, visited the area.

Besides, the local government boss also sought for the creation of additional four police posts at strategic locations in the local government.

At the heat of the Ife/Modakeke crisis, over four months ago, the local government operation was temporarily relocated from the secretariat to the residential quarters of the chairman/secretary in Eleiyele Ile-Ife, even as the staff of the state high court and the residents around the area fled for fear of being attacked by the warring parties.

According to Alhaji Daudu, “I believe now that there is the urgent need for us to have a permanent police post at the council secretariat which would be serving the state high court next door and people in Ajebandele area.” He told the police boss that “we crave your indulgence for four additional police posts in strategic points in my local government to ensure that permanent peace reigns in the area.

Adeniji also hinted that the local government operation will soon be moved back to its secretariat as soon as there is “a very clear indication of provision of security for the staff of the local government, and there is an improved conducive environment for free movement.”

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