Involve DPO When Sharing Palliatives Lest Hoodlums Hijack It - Police Tells NGOs, Others - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Involve DPO When Sharing Palliatives Lest Hoodlums Hijack It - Police Tells NGOs, Others

Heritage Odih, Abeokuta

Ogun State Police Command on Wednesday advised corporate organisations, religious bodies, Non - Governmental Organisations among others who have Palliatives or relief materials to share to the poor and vulnerable households to first liase with the Divisional Police Officer of their respective areas lest hoodlums hijack the process.

The Command, in a statement by the Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, added that aside the process being hijacked and thus, defeats the noble objective, the hoodlums could also turn it into a free for all and leading to breakdown of law and order in the area.

Abimbola stated: "In view of the lockdown order given by the Federal government of Nigeria to checkmate the spread of the deadly Corona-virus also known as Covid 19, it has been observed that various organization, religious bodies, N.G.O, corporate organization as well as public spirited individuals have been providing food items to the vulnerable members of the public in order to ameliorate their suffering while the lockdown last.

"The Ogun State Police command, in order to prevent the good gestures of these philanthropic people from been hijacked by hoodlums hereby wishes to appeal to those with such good intention to liaise with the DPO of their respective areas whenever they want to go about distributing such materials so as to afford the police the opportunity of providing security cover for them during the process of distribution.

"This becomes imperative in order to prevent the distribution of such palliative materials from degenerating to free for all and break down of law and order.

"It will also prevent hoodlums from hijacking the process which may defeat the primary aim of the donors.

"The Commissioner of Police, CP Kenneth Ebrimson has directed all DPOs to always provide adequate security at the venue of such distribution."



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