Oba Of Lagos Advocates Effective Maritime Security
…Applauds AIG Katsina’s Appointment
…As AIG Promises Change In Security, Operational Focus
The Oba of Lagos, His Royal Majesty, Alaiyeluwa Oba Rilwanu Babatunde Osuolale Aremu Akiolu, has called on the Federal Government to give more support to Maritime security in view of its strategic position in the Nigerian economy.
Oba Akiolu spoke when the new Assistant Inspector-General (AIG) of Police in charge of the Maritime Command, Alhaji Musa Katsina and his Command officers paid a courtesy visit to the monarch’s palace.
The traditional ruler noted that the endemic corruption in the Maritime sector needs a tough, experienced and courageous maritime Police officer to be wiped away, adding that the appointment of AIG Katsina came at the ‘‘right time and at the right place’’.
A press statement issued in Lagos by the Public Relations Unit of Marine Police Command stated that the Oba of Lagos, who had a flourishing police career and retired as AIG in charge of Kogi and Abuja Commands, expressed worries at the high rate of pipe-line vandalisation and other sundry aquatic crime in the country.
He warned that violence in the Niger-Delta region against oil installations was not the best way to go, advocating for dialogue to resolve any grievance.
Oba Akiolu commended the Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase for his choice of Katsina as the new AIG Maritime Command and prayed that Katsina would help turn around the fortunes of the Maritime Police Command just as he did in all his previous postings as Commissioner of Police specifically in Kogi and Imo states.
According to him, ‘‘I am happy to have you in my palace and as your former boss, I am pleased with your records in Imo state where you did very well. As the AIG Maritime, am sure will burst the corruption ring in that sector and bring back sanity. Please count on my support any day, anytime”.
Earlier, in his speech, the AIG Maritime Police Command, Alhaji Musa Katsina told the Oba of Lagos that he and his team were at the palace to pay homage to a former boss, and mentor and to also seek his blessings in the discharge of their duties to the Maritime industry in particular and Nigeria at large.
‘‘Your royal highness, this is my first visit to any organization since I was posted to the Maritime Command and it is so done because you mentored us to where we are today by the grace of God. We can assure you that the Maritime Police Command will strategically in conjunction with other security agencies, change the security and operational focus of the command and rid the sector of unpleasant security challenges’’. Katsina assured
He further assured the Oba of Lagos that command enforcement strategy would be drawn from fresh templates of crime intelligence and community policing.