By Michael Ofulue
Oba (Dr) Victor Folagbade Olateru-Olagbegi. Olowo of Owo
The role of traditional institutions in ensuring sustainable peace in the society cannot be over-emphasised and this is why monarchs who are the custodians of the customs and traditions of the people need to partner with security agencies, especially the police to ensure a crime free society.
The Ondo State Police Commissioner, Mr Mike Ogbodu made this remarks when he paid a courtesy visit to the Olowo of Owo kingdom, His Royal Majesty, Oba (Dr) Victor Folagbade Olateru-Olagbegi and his Chiefs at his palace in Owo last Wednesday during his familiarisation tour of Police Divisions under Owo Area Command.
Ogbodu who described Oba Olateru-Olagbegi as one of the highly respected monarchs in Nigeria, who was also his teacher at the Nigerian Law School over 24 years ago, hinted that he came to the palace to receive his royal blessings capable of assisting him in his primary assignment of protecting lives and property of the people of Ondo State.
According to the commissioner, he embarked on the familiarisation tour of police divisions in the state having assumed duty as the 37th Commissioners of Police in Ondo State for him to know his officers and men and gather knowledge to enable him effectively police the state and sustain the existing peace in the state.
His words “I cannot come to this ancient town without visiting my teacher, my mentor and my in-law. I am an in-law, not to this community, but to this palace. So, when I was coming, I had already put it at the back of my mind that I am coming to meet my in-law and one of the highly respected traditional rulers who taught me Law at the Nigerian Law School many years ago.
“Your majesty, I have been told about the numerous support you have been giving to my men here in Owo. I come to say thank you and to appeal to you to continue, because traditional institutions are very important in the business of security. I do know your royal blessings would help me to succeed in my duties of ensuring that every citizen of the state sleeps with his or her two eyes closed.”
While appreciating the chiefs and high chiefs who came to welcome him into the palace, Ogbodu told them that his men are ready to guarantee the safety of people in the ancient community, urging them to always support the police with necessary and adequate information that would help solve crime related issues in the state.
Responding, the monarch charged the police boss to ensure that he tackles crime challenges in the state, especially in Owo, saying despite the many challenges facing the country security-wise, the Nigeria Police has done very well.
Oba Olateru-Olagbegi who was highly elated to see one of his students at the Nigerian Law School described CP Ogbodu as his in-law having married from the palace adding that the police boss has a lot of things that joined him with Owo people.
Having listened to the biography and academic qualifications of CP Ogbodu and the various positions he had held in the Nigerian Police Force before being posted to Ondo State, the monarch said he has no doubt that the choice of Ogodu as CP in the Sunshine State would bring a lot of achievements in crime reduction in the state.
“I have just listened to your outstanding profile and academic qualifications, and the areas you have worked in the Police Force from your Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Femi Joseph.
“I can see, you were a teacher like myself in two Police Academies in Kano and Jos and I am proud that many of my products in the Law School are doing very well in their various areas of human endeavours. I congratulate you and pray to God to make your tenure a successful one,” the royal father said.
The monarch who mandated one of the palace chiefs to traditionally, as custom demands, pray for the Police Commissioner and his entourage promised to continue to support the Police in their determination to fight crimes and criminality in the land.
Earlier, the CP had visited “A” Division in Owo where he met with the members of the Police Community Relations Committee (PCRC) and commended them for their support to the police urging them to continue in that direction.