Oba Akiolu calls for adequate funding of security agencies

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LAGOS – The Oba of Lagos, Alhaji Rilwan Akiolu, Akiolu 1, on Friday called on the Federal Government to adequately fund the security bodies, for efficient service.
Akiolu, made the plea when he received the Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Adm. Usman Jibrin, in his palace in Lagos.
He decried the cut in the Police budget, adding that he was forced to lend his voice for increased budgetary allocation to the Police, to enable its personnel to work effectively.
“There should be more allocation for the police and other security bodies to improve some of the sophisticated weaponry the army has that were purchased by past regimes,” the traditional ruler said.
Akiolu spoke on alleged oil theft and noted that it was the security personnel that should operate with adequate information from civilians.
He advised the federal government to set up a national security policy to check security challenges in the country, saying that the policy would serve as a deterrent.
“There is need for a national security policy in the country; I have no doubt in my mind that I will work with God on our side.
“All these killings are not really necessary because the Islamic religion does not encourage any killing, it is a religion of peace,’’ he said.
According to the Oba, as for terrorism, with the support from God, Boko Haram can be tackled, adding that the traditional rulers in the North had made efforts to wade into the situation.
He charged the political leaders to come together and cooperate with the traditional leaders, to ensure that the unnecessary killings were stopped.
In his remarks, the CNS called for a joint cooperation in maritime security for national development and to curb the illegalities in the maritime environment, especially in the Gulf of Guinea.
Jibrin said flash points in the troublesome areas were identified to mount checkpoints and resources were deployed to ensure an end to criminal activities there.
The CNS was accompanied on the visit by the Flag Officer Commanding (FOC), Western Naval Command, Rear Adm. Sanmi Alade, and the Navy Secretary, Rear Adm. Duke Osuofa.
Others were the Chief of Logistics, Rear Adm. Ibok-Ette Ibas, as well as Rear Admirals Levi Ajuonu and Henry Babalola,
The visit was part of the CNS’ two-day duty tour, following his appointment in January.
The CNS, while meeting with the officers and ratings of the Naval Training Command and the Western Naval Command, charged them to be disciplined and hard working.
“I am here to familiarise myself with you, discover your challenges and disclose my policy trust.
“A good leader recognises the efforts of his workforce; discipline is the bedrock of the military, offenders must be punished, while the good ones will be rewarded,’’ said Jubrin.
He charged all the officers and ratings to work in collaboration so that the country would experience a decline in maritime crime. (NAN)

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