The Oyo state police command has handed down stern warning against the use of motorcycles for abducting innocents’ citizens in the state.
A statement from Oyo state police public relation officer sp Gbenga Fadeyi said the commissioner of police wishes to draw the attention of the public to the indiscriminate construction of unnamed security gates in its communities and streets.
His word: “the practice though appears to be a response to security needs in the cause of a communal review of security architecture of it environment, but professionally, after reviewing the situation, it shows that the strategy does not achieve much as criminals in our midst have continued to breach those constructed gates which are now more or less a monument of no value”.
Fadeyi added that recent experience of the police in response to distress calls has been frustrating and delayed the ability of the response team to arrive promptly at the scene of the incident essentially on armed robbery cases.
He said the commissioner of police, therefore, wishes to admonish all and sundry to be circumspect in the construction and installation of unnamed security gates in their environment.
“In as much as it is agreed that we have the right to protect our lives and properties, it is professionally advisable that while we look outdoors, gates against intruders, we should be mindful of other exigencies that may require our prompt and quick escape in case of any emergency hence the key to our padlocks should readily available as this same analogy applies to security gates constructed to purportedly secure our environment”.
The spokesman said if the need arises to install security gates, communities must Endeavour to make them accessible to security agencies like fire and other life-threatening issues.
He said the commissioner of police also advise members of the public to be wary of suspicious commercial motorcycle operators who may want to deploy their means of transportation as an easy means of abducting innocent victims.
“This applies particularly to parents, guardians and the aged whom we often put in care of motorcycle operators that we know nothing about their background about the character thus placing so much trust on them to covey our under-aged children to schools”.
He said the police will not relent in its efforts to protect lives and properties of the citizenry and ensure that they operate and carry out their lawful responsibilities in a safe and secured environment adding that members of the public are therefore enjoined to continue to partner with the police to engender a better service delivery