Friday, 3 March 2017

Ex-President Obasanjo flays police for keeping him waiting

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo yesterday criticised the police for keeping him waiting. Obasanjo, who was the special guest of honour at the Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG) Zone II maiden special training and capacity development, advised them to be ready when next they invite him. The former President was at the Federal Palace Hotel, Victoria Island venue of the training for about 90 minutes before the event started. Billed for 10:30a.m, the event didn’t begin until 11:52a.m, with the former President informing the gathering he had to return to Ogun State for an event he left midway to attend the police training. “Next time, before you call me, please be ready,” Obasanjo said as he stormed out of the hall.
It was gathered AIG Kayode Aderanti, the host of the training, had sent a police helicopter to convey Obasanjo to the venue. There was, however, a communication breach between operatives that went to bring Obasanjo and the team expecting the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris. Speaking on the initiative, Obasanjo said there was no substitute for training, urging security operatives to be in tune with practices of their contemporaries in other parts of the globe. According to him, human institutions need constant appraisal, regeneration, introspection and training. He said: “Police must be aware and in touch with new developments in other parts of the globe. I can see my former IGP Musiliu Smith. “Smith is completely out of date to give lecture on police duty. He has experience to share with you, but not on modern way of doing things.” Idris, who got to the venue at 12:19pm – about 10 minutes after Obasanjo left – apologised for being late. He said: “I was told former President Olusegun Obasanjo was here and I would have loved to meet him. He’s a committed Nigerian, who has given so much to this country. I sincerely appreciate his coming, which shows the level of his commitment to our quest for democratic policing.” Idris hoped such trainings would improve the level of professionalism of policemen, adding that soon, the police would be celebrated at home and abroad. At the event were Smith; Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) Training, Emmanuel Nyang; AIG Tunji Alape (rtd); Commissioner of Police (CP) Olayinka Balogun (rtd), Lagos CP Fatai Owoseni, Ogun CP Ahmed Iliyasu and former Director General, Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) Dr. Ndi Okereke, among others. Muslim advocated heavy investment on security, lauding the IGP for placing high premium on training. Aderanti hoped the training would enhance capacity of the participants. The guest lecturer, Dr. Charles Omole, said changing security landscape in the past decade had placed increasing and new demands on the police globally. He said the realisation created the need for revised and regular training for law enforcement personnel at all levels of government. According to him, the police must practise situational awareness consistently throughout the day.