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Existing Traditional Security Structure Helped Avert Crisis During #ENDSARS Protest – Ooni

The Ooni of Ife, Adeyeye Ogunwusi, has said the existing traditional security structure in the ancient town helped to avert crisis during the #EndSARS protest against bad governance and police brutality.

The traditional ruler said this when he played host to the newly deployed Osun State Commissioner of Police, Olawale Olokode, at his Ile Oodua Palace, Ile-Ife, according to a statement on Thursday.

In the statement titled, ‘Ooni hosts news Commissioner of Police, reveals how Ife averted crisis during #endsars protest’, the monarch explained that it was easy to manage the crisis that trailed the #EndSARS protests in Ile-Ife because the town already had traditional ways of conflict resolution.

Ogunwusi, who is the co-chairman of the National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria, said policing is everybody’s business.

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He said, “Unlike some places where buildings were burnt, properties looted and police structures attacked, we swung into action and our existing traditional security structure supplied necessary intelligence which we used to stop crimes from happening. All these were however done with the knowledge and supports from the Nigeria Police and we are proud.

“Dear Commissioner, I wish to say that God has returned you to this part of the country to continue with the good works you did during your era as the Area Commander in charge of Ife a few years ago. You had our support and I can assure you that you still have it.

“Currently, we are having a pocket of security challenges particularly in the areas of cultism and drug abuse. We need you to help us in this area and others identified by you and I am sure that you have the capacity to perform optimally.”

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