The newly mobilized Commissioner of Police in Kwara state yesterday, 9th of November paid a courtesy visit to the University Community. On arrival, he proceeded to the fourth floor of the Senate building where he met with the University hierarchy in a closed door session.
At about 11:03 a.m., the new CP walked into the University auditorium where he had been scheduled to meet with stakeholders within the University community for an interactive session.
In his welcome, the VC ably represented by the DVC Academics; Prof N.Y.S Ijaya welcomed the CP to Kwara state and the“Better by Far” University. She applauded the CP for his step to making him easily accessible to the general public by making available his phone lines. She also praised the CP for his visions for the Police Force and therefore, urged the university community to rally round the CP in making the community a safe haven. She also congratulated the new CP on his latest appointment after being elevated from the forces Public Relations Officer.
In his address, the CP said that he was in the University to pay a courtesy visit to the leadership of the University and to also interact with stakeholders within and without the university. He stated in clear terms that his numbers are available for the public to access him directly. He therefore urged members of the public to feel free in reporting criminal cases to him, directly.
He also added that members of the public should not hesitate to report police officers found wanting while discharging his/her duties as long as the report is on the good side of the law. He urged members of the public to play their individual and collective roles in curbing crimes in Kwara state.
Questions ranging from armed robbery, theft, kidnapping, harassment and extortion of students by officers, grazing act of herdsmen were fielded by representatives of SSANU, NASU, SU and the Hostel owners association.
In his remarks, the CP responded categorically to the questions in the following:
On student harassment by officers, he said that his number is available to the public. In such situations, a call should be made to him and the phone be handed over to such officer. He also urged victims to challenge such officers on their reason for their inquiry into their phone and purse as it has been prohibited by the police hierarchy.
On grazing by cattle herdsmen, a committee will be set up to comprise both farmers and cattle herdsmen to look into prevention of crisis as the dry season looms when grazing activities are usually massive.
On students living off campus, he charged the hierarchy of the Hostel Owners Association to uphold due diligence in ensuring that only students of the University of Ilorin are allowed to live in their hostels.
In her recommendation to hostel owners, Prof N.Y.S Ijaya urged them to partner with the schools’ students affairs unit by providing a comprehensive list of available hostels at the start of every session to the Student Affairs Unit so that interested students can select from the available list. This, she said is the practice in the UK.
The PPRO was subsequently called upon to dictate the numbers of the force which include but not limited to the following:
Source: Muhammed Basheer Ishola & Osuji Chima Francis
Reporting for, UCJ,Unilorin