The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, has revealed that his collaboration with the Oodua People’s Congress (OPC) has led to a significant reduction in the crime rate in the southwestern part of Nigeria.
The Nigeria newspaper report that The IGP spoke Thursday through a delegation sent to Aare Ona Kankanfo of Yorubaland and OPC leader Iba Gani Adams.
Jude Nwankor, who led the team, said the police would maintain synergy to reduce the crime rate further and ensure peace in the area.
In his comments, Adams praised the IGP initiative to partner with his organization and promised that the OPC would not betray trust. “The most important part of security is intelligence gathering,” he said.
“This will help to cut the crime at the root, crush criminal acts, and catch those who plan such.” Adams recalled how the police in Lagos was able to end the threat of the feared Badoo cultists with the help of the OPC.
Reflecting on the confrontations between the OPC and the police between 2000 and 2004, the Yoruba leader expressed his joy that the security agency was now in good standing with the body.
At the IGP community monitoring initiative, Adams said the OPC would work with the newly established exclusive squad to be deployed in the southwest.
“My people know the territory very well; We are ready, willing, and able to face offenders. We are excited about the collaboration with the Nigerian Police and will contribute our best to ensure that the region is safe and secure,” he added.
Members of the delegation included the Officer in Charge, the Special Anti-Theft Squadron (SARS) in Lagos, the CSP Peter Gana, and the Commander, the Seme Border Patrol, the CSP Ogechi Moses Udu.
Adams received them together with a former exclusive advisor to former President Olusegun Obasanjo, Akin Osuntokun; OPC Mobilization Director, Comrade Dauda Asikolaye; Mogaji Gboyega Adejumo; Osi Aare Ona Kakanfo, Gani Kola Balogun, among others.