Rit­ual killing, a chal­lenge in Osun, says CP

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The newly de­ployed Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice in Osun State, John­son Kukomo, has iden­ti­fied rit­ual killing as a chal­lenge that must be dealt with by the com­mand un­der his lead­er­ship.

Kukomo spoke in Ile-ife dur­ing a visit to the Ooni, Oba

Adey­eye Ogun­wusi, in his palace.

A state­ment by the Di­rec­tor of Me­dia and Pub­lic Af­fairs, Ooni’s Palace, Moses Ola­fare, on Satur­day said the po­lice com­mis­sioner sought the co­op­er­a­tion of the res­i­dents to end the men­ace of rit­ual killings.

The state­ment quoted Kokumo as say­ing, “Rit­ual killings have been iden­ti­fied as a ma­jor se­cu­rity chal­lenge in Osun and we need the syn­ergy of the com­mu­nity, par­tic­u­larly the royal fa­thers, to end it.

“We have been try­ing on our own, but it is ob­vi­ously im­pos­si­ble for us to achieve an end to this in iso­la­tion.

“We have a tar­get, which is to get rid of crim­i­nals, es­pe­cially rit­u­al­ists, and also to en­sure that polic­ing in Osun is com­mu­ni­ty­driven and we won’t re­nege on this. We are aware of the state’s pe­cu­liar­i­ties and we will be guided by this.”

Speak­ing fur­ther on how the com­mand would re­late with the pub­lic, Kokumo as­sured that his lead­er­ship would wit­ness a par­a­digm shift and en­sure mu­tual re­spect be­tween the po­lice and res­i­dents.

“Osun Po­lice Com­mand un­der my lead­er­ship will have a huge re­spect for hu­man rights. A sus­pect shall re­main a sus­pect un­til his con­vic­tion by a law court.

“My lead­er­ship will have zero tol­er­ance for cor­rup­tion. We want peo­ple to go about their nor­mal busi­ness with­out fear of mo­lesta­tion by the po­lice,” Kokumo said.

Re­spond­ing, Ooni ex­pressed con­fi­dence in Kokumo’s abil­ity to strengthen the peace cur­rently be­ing en­joyed in the state.

Ooni said, “I am im­pressed by your ap­proach, es­pe­cially as you have com­pre­hen­sively stated your agenda and prime tar­gets. This shows that you have the knowl­edge of the state and you are fully pre­pared to face the job ahead.

“Polic­ing is ev­ery­body’s re­spon­si­bil­ity and we tra­di­tional rulers will not leave it for you alone. We will sup­port you with the nec­es­sary in­for­ma­tion and an en­abling en­vi­ron­ment.

“I have been a good part­ner in progress to your pre­de­ces­sors and I can as­sure you that you will have my full sup­port.”

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