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Botched kidnap attempt: Group hails Oyo police boss on security, peace

The Chairman of Borehole Drillers Association of Nigeria, Oyo State chapter, Mr. Samuel Afolabi has lauded the Oyo State Police Command, led by Commissioner of Police, Mr. Leye Oyebade for curbing the activities of criminals and crime in the state.

The group made the remark in a chat with newsmen, shortly after police rescued some members of his association from the hands of suspected kidnappers, who claimed to be members of Association of Water Well Drilling Rig Owners and practitioners in Ibadan, Oyo State capital.

According to him, one of his members was contacted by one of his clients to drill a borehole for him at Elebu Area in Ido Local Government Area of the state, and in the process of doing so some people stormed the location in several buses and attempted to drag them into the vehicles to an unknown destination.

Afolabi said that it took a distress call to the DPO at Orita challenge Police Station for the people at the site to be rescued.

He, therefore, commended the men of the Oyo State Command for their timely intervention and the good work that they have been doing under the watch of the present Police Commissioner, Oyebade which made the state a no go area for crime and criminals.

He observed that if not for the police action nobody would have known where the victims would be taken to, adding that the association was a registered one that is backed by the Constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria and that his members were law abiding and adhere strictly to best practices in the water drilling sector.

Afolabi wondered why anybody or organisation under whatever guise would take laws into their hands when there is a legal process if it has a genuine claim.

“In this present era, no room should be given to display any act of impunity under any guise” he stated.

Route march is targeted at keeping personnel fit for military duties – FOC

Segun Adio

The Flag Officer Commanding (FOC), Western Naval Command, Rear Adm. Fergusson Bobai, last weekend in Lagos said that route march was targeted at keeping personnel fit for military duties.

The FOC made the assertion while addressing officers and men during the 10km route march in Navy Town, Ojo.

”The event is targeted at keeping personnel fit for military duties, fostering espirit de corps and providing an avenue as well as to deter criminalities in the command’s area of responsibility.

”In the face of current security challenges in the country, the need to keep personnel fit for operation cannot be overemphasized.

”This is why fitness and mental alertness are among the critical element of the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Adm. Ibok Ibas’ policy thrust.

”It is with this in mind that the Nigerian Navy organises the one-day route march every quarter aimed at raising the level of physical fitness of personnel in the command,” he said.

The FOC advised officers and men to continue to be law abiding citizens and stressed the need to maintain cordial and improved relationship with our civilian populace and relevant stakeholders.

The route march started from Navy Town to Kirikiri Prisons and back to Navy Air Station in Navy Town.

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