Olasupo Ajani, Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG) in charge of Zone 11, has appealed for a return to working relationship between the force and Nigerians.
Ajani, while speaking on Tuesday during a stakeholders’ meeting and his familiarisation visit to the Oyo State police command at the command’s headquarters in Eleyele, Ibadan, said Nigerians no longer respect the police as it was before the #EndSARS protests in the country last year.
The AIG noted that the police and the citizens had been working together peacefully before the protests occurred.
According to him, the protests created vacuum between the police and Nigerians.
“You stakeholders that are here as representatives of the people, please sensitise your people and let us go back to the way we were before the EndSARS protests,” he said.
“EndSARS has created a sort of vacuum and we want to reclaim the space again and be closer to the people. Any police that wants to be successful must have the support of the people.
“We must cooperate and work together for peace to reign in this country.”
Ajani also warned members of the Police Community Relations Committee (PCRC) who connive with some police officers to extort Nigerians to desist from the act.