HRM, Oba Kabiru Adewale Shotobi, Ayangbure of Ikorodu Kingdom in the company of Ikorodu division Kings received the new commissioner of police in Lagos State, Idowu Owohunwa on Thursday the 21st of September 2023.
The visit comes as the CP activates plans to acquaint himself with the safety approach of the region, using the same medium to pursue counsel and prayers from the paramount ruler.
Hosted at the palace of the Ayangbure of Ikorodu Kingdom, other kings present were; HRM, Oba Semiudeen Orimadegun Kasali, Adeboruwa of Igbogbo, HRM, Oba Aremu Shotonwa, Sekumade Of Ipakodo, HRM, Oba Ajibade Mudashiru Agoro, Ranodu Of Imota, HRM, Oba Adeoriyomi Oyebo, Obateru Of Egbin, HRM, Oba Richard Olukayode, Eweye of Isiu, and HRM, Oba Moruf Ahmed Olalekan, Alagura of Agura.
Welcoming the Commissioner of Police, Otunba Ganiyu Olusegun Abiru, in his brief speech thanked CP Idowu Owohunwa for taking out time to visit the palace.
He explained that Ikorodu, which is the 3rd largest city in southwest Nigeria should always be prioritised in the area of security, encouraging the CP to discern in asking for assistance in ensuring its numerous command posts in Ikorodu work effectively.
Benjamin Hundeyin, Public Relations officer to the Lagos State police force introduced the ranking officers that accompanied the CP, before giving the floor to the commissioner of police.
According to the Commissioner of Police, the essence of the visit is to seek fatherly advice and words of blessing from the paramount ruler of the waterbed region.
He explains, “Honestly, I have been trying to make this visit, but our Kabiesi has been busy, now that am here, the visit is first to seek the prayers and blessings of our king”.
“Also, this visit has become even more eminent due to the rising tension in the state over music star Oladimeji Aloba, popularly known as Mohbad, an indigene of Ikorodu”.
“I want to assure Kabiesi and the people of Ikorodu that we’re working to ensure that the necessary quotas are questioned and justice is brought to this sad case”.
“I am equally using this medium to urge the youths in Ikorodu and all others participating in the protest to see justice served in Mohbad’s case, please be patient with us, the Lagos State Police will not leave any stone unturned in this matter” Idowu asserted
CP Idowu also took his attention to the thriving Ikorodu Division Peace Initiative (IDPIL) security outfit, an agency he praised, making known his intention for his officers to synergize with the unit.
“When I learned about the IDPIL, I was so delighted about the step put in place by the community to combat crimes, because the truth is, government alone cannot do it all”.
“The best way to operate is for our officers to integrate these trained security operatives in their actions to fight crimes around the community”.
“I don’t know how far our command posts in this division have been able to work together with IDPIL, but I’ll ensure to put it in full motion that they work together with this local security team” CP Idowu added
Filled with satisfaction, HRM, Oba Kabiru Adewale, in his follow-up remark, thanked the CP for his visit, stating that he was very pleased the CP had it in mind to see him.
He urged the the commissioner of police to ensure that he puts into action, everything he has stated to yield results in record time.
Before praying for the CP, he advised him to see Ikorodu division as another home, asserting that it’s a good thing that the CP married his wife from Ikorodu.
“The door of this palace is always open to you, you can come at any time for consultation, for our prayers and guidance, and it is my prayer that you’ll be promoted to a higher level after serving as the Lagos CP” Oba Shotobi said.
Adeboruwa of Igbogbo, Oba Semiudeen Orimadegun Kasali, expressed his happiness in every area and points made by CP Idowa regarding his leadership trajectory.
He instructed the CP to ensure he lives up to expectations regarding his aforementioned leadership approach, asserting that once there is effective implementation of the concept, success is assured.