“I Will Not Condone Criminal Acts In My Domain”- Baale Of Amikanle, High Chief Oladejo Akeem Blows Hot
The newly installed Baale of Amikanle, an ancient Awori town in Agbado Oke-Odo Local Council Development Area of Lagos state, High Chief Oladejo Abdulakeem has given a stern warning to criminally minded persons who would like to chose Amikanle as their hide out.
High Chief Akeem Oladejo, who was installed as Baale of Amikanle barely a month ago, has swung into action by prioritizing the security of lives and properties of his subjects among several other plans he has in stock for them.
While launching a local security watch, High Chief Oladejo said the aim of establishing the security watch was to curb criminal acts in his community. He said that he and some of the youth in his community had been working hard in time past to ensure that the security architecture in the community was sustained, adding that the new outfit has gained widespread acceptability among indigines and residents of Amikanle, and also government’s approval.
“Amikanle is one of the foremost Awori towns in Alimosho local government. Our progenitor, late Pa Yesufu Ogundairo laid a good legacy for we his descents and as such, we have to protect and guide jealously, our inheritance. I, alongside the youth of this community have been standing in the gap for our people in terms of protection of lives and properties long before I became a Baale. Some people will give us a distress call that they have been robbed or attacked, and I will gather our boys and quickly intercede. But now that I have been saddled with the responsibility of being the Chief Security Officer of the people of Amikanle, we needed to establish a legitimate security watch to safeguard our people as well as their properties”.
He charged youth of his community who are members of ‘Amikanle Security Watch’ to be law abiding. Urging them not to take laws into their own hands. He enjoined them to assist the law enforcement agencies in discharging their duties, viz; protection of lives and properties of indigenes and residents of Amikanle.
The Youth President, Comrade Abdulrazaq Adegoke, in his welcome speech, said addressing the wave of insecurity in Amikanle necessitated the inauguration of the security watch. He emphasized that the watch will adopt community policing style in discharging their duties. He buttressed that the watch will comprise of members from Community Development Association, PCRC, and Amikanle Youth Forum.
Also speaking at the launching was Pastor Olu Ogunsola, who is the PCRC Chairman for Oke Odo Police Division. He lauded the initiative of Baale of Amikanle while also saluting the gallantry efforts of the youth volunteers who have taken it upon themselves to be ‘peace ambassadors’ of the community. He advised them not to carry out jungle justice regardless of the enormity of the crime, rather, they should make arrest and hand them over to the appropriate authorities.
ASP Adelakun George, who represented the DPO of Agbado oke-Odo Police Division, eulogized the Baale and Youths of Amikanle for the initiative which he said will make Policing ‘easier’, ; especially, in Amikanle. He enjoined youth to discuss local security in the forum as that is their core area of concern.
He promised that the Police will assist the Security outfit in discharge their duties as peaceful coexistence of residents and indigenes of Amikanle, Lagos state and Nigeria is their core priority.
Few of the personalities who attended the event included; PCRC Chairman, Agbado, Otunba Niyi Afolabi, PCRC Chairman, Oke Odo Division, Pastor Olu Ogunsola, among several others.