In a bid to beef up security surveilance in the state, the Kwara police command has directed religious bodies, to install Circuit Camera Televisions (CCTV) devices as well as employ private guards at their various worship centres.
The command also directed the leadership of commercial motorcycle opeators union to commence adequate profiling of their members with a view to identifying criminal elements who might want to relocate to the state following the recent ban of commercial motorcyclists by the Lagos state government.
The command, according to a statement, issued by the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) Okasanmi Ajayi, on Tuesday, took the measures as part of strategies to forestall any security breach.
The statement reads “The commissioner of Police, Kwara State command, CP Tuesday Assayomo psc (+), held a security meeting with the command’s strategic security managers on Friday, June 6th,2022 at the Police Officers Mess, Ilorin.
“The meeting was convened to review the existing security strategies in the state, the command was not unaware of some security breaches in some states leading to the death of many citizens.
"The banning of Okada operations in some States, especially Lagos State which has sent jitters in the spines of some Kwarans, owing to the proximity of Kwara state to Lagos, nursing the fears that the banned Okada operators may head for Kwara State with all its attendant risks.
“Consequently, the CP directed area commanders, DPOs and Command’s Tactical Units to intensify patrols in their AORs, intensify intelligence gathering and also apply effective mobilization of vigilante groups, hunters and other local security apparatus in their AORs.
“He also called on Motorcycle and Tricycles Unions in Kwara state to embark on adequate profiling of both existing and new members for easy identification and monitoring.
“The CP advises the leadership of religious bodies on the appropriateness of putting some security arrangements in their places of worship, including CCTV cameras, employment of private or local guards to complement those provided by the police.
“The commissioner of police hinted of a proposed meeting with relevant non-state actors, student bodies to also discuss on ways by which the police Command could serve the citizens better.”