Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Sen. Lekan Balogun, Alli Okunmade II has charged Nigeria Police Force (NPF) to do everything humanly and professionally possible to ensure that the forthcoming 2023 general elections are held peacefully.
Oba Balogun gave the charge while playing host to the Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG) in charge of Zone XI (Zone 11), Mrs. Christy Cookey at his Alarere residence.
The monarch, in a press statement made available to journalists in Ibadan by his Personal Assistant (Media), Oladele Ogunsola was quoted as saying that “the 2023 general elections hold very crucial and strategic place in the life of this country, yet, the signs are ominous which is it becomes imperative to make this charge.
“Though, we have other security agencies whose roles in ensuring peace and security cannot be over-emphasized, but, being the traditional peace keepers and the most senior of all the security agencies, the police hold the ace when it comes to maintainance of peace and security. Let there be synergy between you and other sister agencies yo give us free and free from fear polls”, Olubadan said further.
The monarch equally commended the police in the zone for the cooperation existing between the Force and the people, noting that “your officers in this zone have proved themselves to be thorough-bred professionals. I can personally testify to the good working relationship between your people and my people through my Mogajis, who assist in ensuring that security and peace reign supreme in our localities”.
Speaking earlier, the AIG, Mrs. Cookey, accompanied by the Commissioner of Police (CP) in Oyo State, Williams Adebowale and other members of top echelons of the Force in the zone said she had come to pay homage to Olubadan, whom she described as a long standing friend of the police, and whose friendship had since transformed to the fatherly disposition.