Marafa was speaking at an interaction secession organised by the command in partnership with the State Harmonised Vigilante Group in Osogbo, stressing that there is need for the engagement of the youths to assist the police in tackling the security challenges, which according to him are assuming new dimension by the day.
He explained that the involvement of the youths in assisting the police in policing the nation is the only way to guarantee safety of life and property in the country.
Marafa, who was represented at the event by the Area Commander of Ile-Ife, Abubakar Jimoh, said that the current security situation needs more intelligence reports and local assistance of persons, who are conversant with the terrain of the nooks and crannies of the country.
The Commissioner, who commended the leader of the Harmonised Vigilance Group, Alhaji Rilwan Hussein Yah’Salam, for the support of the group to the men of the command, assured that the command would ensure that the state is adequately policed.
According to him, “you as a community police, you must continue the good work of assisting the police at the grassroots level and the most important thing you must know is that, the police must always be your guide for you to carry out your duties in the most acceptable and desirable manner.
“Police are engaging the service of vigilance groups because the discharge of the responsibility of enforcing law and order, protection of life and property among others that are core traditional duties of the force, have appeared to be increasingly difficult to perform by the Nigeria Police alone”.
Responding, Yah’Salam reiterated his support to the Nigeria Police in combating criminal activities.
Yah’Salam assured that his men were battle ready at ensuring free-crime state in conjunction with Osun State Police Command.