Ogun State Commissioner of Police (CP), Edward Ajogun, has commended the efforts of the National Association of Online Security Reporters (NAOSRE) at bridging the gap of communication between citizens and security agents in the country.
The Commissioner made the remarks in Abeokuta, Ogun State capital when the President of NAOSRE, Femi Oyewale, led the association’s team to pay him a courtesy visit at his Eleweran office.
“I feel happy to receive you today in my office. I know the importance of media in the security space. At the moment, insecurity is a big threat to us as a people and as a country. To solve it requires collective efforts. That is why I am particularly happy with your association that is doing so much to keep Nigerians informed about our activities,” the CP said.
Ajogun called attention to the importance of media as integral partners in nation building. Despite his good impression of the media, Ajogun however expressed reservations about exaggerations in news reporting for the purpose of attracting readership and called for more commitment to investigative journalism.
“There are false publications and lots of inaccurate reports, these are harmful to security. Try and be honest and build a reputation of honesty for the association, always consider national interest in your reports so that your association can become the standards for measuring accuracy,” he advised.
Earlier, the NAOSRE President explained the mission of NAOSRE which includes but not limited to setting a standard on security reportage for national harmony.
He called for concerted efforts to restore the loss of confidence by citizens on the capability of security agents in the country to protect the citizens while urging the CP and other heads of Nigerian security formations to be willing to let out information so that journalists would not rely on third party narratives in the course of writing reports.
“NAOSRE is unique in style and scope, Nigerians and security agents can always count on us for credible reportage,” he promised.
L-R: (CP), Edward Ajogun, NAOSRE President, Femi Oyewale
Meanwhile, a statement from the Command’s spokesman, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, and made available to NAOSRE says two suspected armed robbers who dispossessed one Nonso Nwibo, a rice merchant, of cash totaling N120,000 at Ipamesan area of Sango Otta have been arrested by men of Ogun State Police Command.
The suspects, according to Oyeyemi, were arrested following a distress call received by the DPO, Sango Otta Division, CSP Godwin Idehai, informing the Polis about the robbers.