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By: Adesoji Adetona
Ondo State Commissioner of Police, Mr Undie Adie, today stressed the need for his men manning the borders to be provided with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to enable them carry out their function effectively in the fight against further spread of deadly coronavirus pandemic.
Mr Adie who spoke in Akure while distributing over 2000 face masks to policemen across the state, warned against abuse of citizens in an attempt to enforce COVID-19 lockdown.
The police commissioner however vowed to deal with any police officers caught compromising the federal government’s directives on ban on inter-state travelling.
He said the reports from citizens in border communities on unwholesome activities of policemen at the borders were becoming worrisome.
Addressing Divisional Police Officers whose stations are located at borders communities, the police commissioner reminded his officers that only workers on essential duties such as medical personnel, journalists and others were exempted from movement restriction.
The Commissioner of Police, had out of his magnanimity donated 2000 pieces of facemasks to officers and men of the very Command he supervises its Policing architecture .
While handing over the facemasks to the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge, State Criminal Investigation and Intelligent Department, DCP Ishola Babatunde Babaita, CP Adie, said, “this gift is my widow’s mite in appreciation of the eagerness of my officers to ensure that Ondo State remains the State with the lowest crime rate in the Country, inspite of the hardness COVID-19 has placed on us”.
He also used the occasion to effectively interpret the message of the Inspector-General of Police, IGP, Mohammed Abubakar Adamu, on the outcome of the tele-conference with CPs across the Country.
CP Adie, said, “even as the whole world grows weary with the effect of COVID-19 on all human expectations, Ondo State expects a lot from us, and to meet their expectations, discretion should be our watchword.
“And warned, only those expected by the significance of their commitments to the society should be allowed to pass from one part to another, saying that is the only way we can ensure that people keep to the directives of both the State and the Federal Government to contain and curtail the spread of COVID-19.