By Joshua Oladipo
Osogbo – Mr Agboola Oshodi-Glover, the Assistant Inspector General (AIG) of Police in charge of Zone 11, on Tuesday, called for the support of journalists in the efforts to combat crime.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Zone 11 comprises of Osun, Ondo, Oyo States.
Oshodi-Glover made this appeal in Osogbo during a familiarisation visit to the Correspondents’ Chapel of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ).
He said that journalists were powerful allies of the police and so there was the need to collaborate in order to checkmate crimes and criminal elements in the society.
According to him, credible information is obtained from the media rather than from some other sources that thrive on rumours and hearsay, which can complicate or interfere with investigations.
“Information is strategic to the operations of the police in fighting crime in the society,” he said.
He urged journalists in the zone to join the Police Community Relations Committee (PCRC) in their areas so as to contribute their quota to the fight against crime.
Oshodi-Glover said that would further help in the area of community policing as well as strengthen the fight against crime.
In his reaction, the union chairman, Mr Hameed Oyegbade, thanked the AIG for the familiarisation visit and promised that the chapel would work with the police in the area of information dissemination.
Oyegbade called on Oshodi-Glover to find a lasting solution to some black spots in the state where crime incidents were prevalent.
The chairman also urged the AIG to look into the reported cases of some bad eggs in the police force, who took pleasure in tarnishing the image of the force. (NAN)