COVID-19 Curfew: Don’t add to People’s grief —Ondo CP warns Policemen

By: Ade Adeleke

The Ondo state Commissioner of Police, Mr Undie Adie, has warned officers of the Command who are posted on patrol to ensure citizens maintain strict compliance with the dusk to dawn curfew, to be exceptionally professional in the discharge of their duties.

Mr Adie in a Statement signed by the Police Public relations officer, Mr Tee-Leo Ikoro, said the warning became imperative as a result of the avalanche of complaints at his disposal.

According to him, Nigerians are already carrying the burden of grief of the lockdown and curfew, it will be unprofessional for overzealous security agents to treat them unjustly.

The Police Commissioner noted that the Command would never take it kindly with any officer who violates the human rights of any citizen of Ondo State, especially those on essential duties while the curfew lasted.

Mr Adie also advised the good people of the State to obey the order of restrictions on movement by the government during this period, while pleading with those on essential duties to always carefully identify themselves when accosted by law-enforcement officers and avoid professional arrogance.

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With incessant complaints of abuse, molestation, torture and incivility to the good people of Ondo State by some overzealous law-enforcement officers during this period of lockdown and the curfew imposed by the government of Ondo State to contain the spread of the world’s most dreaded virus ‘COVID19’, the Commisioner of Police, CP Undie Adie, psc+, warns officers of the Command who are posted on patrol to ensure citizens maintain strict observance of the curfew, to be exceptionally professional in the discharge of their functions.

CP Adie said this warning becomes imperative as a result of the avalanche of complaints at his disposal.

“When living conditions are normal, the mind has the mechanisms which deal with natural grief, but right now, Nigerians under the grip of COVID19 are surrounded by perpetual, remorseless reinforcement of Corona virus made-grief; and as those enforcing government directives, we should not add more pains to the ones the people are already going through by our brutal, tortious and incivility to citizens of Ondo State.

We should remember that COVID19 has made the entire world redundant, that no one seems to have the solace of usefulness and is therefore very angry.

Our courteous and professional approach in the discharge of our functions this period of the lockdown and curfew in the State could relief citizens of their burdens of grief as they struggle to upturn the mercilessly unjust cruel fate COVID19 has placed on us all.

He therefore warned that the Command would never take it kindly with any officer who violates the human rights of any citizen of Ondo State, especially those on essential duties while the curfew lasted.

CP Adie also advised the good people of the State to obey the order of restrictions on movement by the government during this period, while pleading with those on essential duties to always carefully identify themselves when accosted by law-enforcement officers and avoid professional arrogance.

He said Ondo State Police Command under his police supervision would remain the servants of the people, but plead for the cooperation of all to the Command to ensure sound protection of lives and property, meanwhile Ondo State still remains the State with the lowest crime rate in Nigeria today.

ASP TEE-LEO IKORO,

PPRO, Ondo Police Command.

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