The new Kwara state Commissioner of police Kayode Egbetokun on Sunday said he was in Kwara to discharge his duty with honesty and would not be influence by his past in discharging of his duties.
Mr. Egbetodun assumed duty on Sunday at the state and expressed hope to have a ‘pleasant’ stay in the state.
He refused to respond to the series of allegations over his posting.
Egbetokun warned against spreading falsehood and unsubstantiated allegations, promising to deal with culprits who engage in such tradition.
The new police boss addressed reporters in Ilorin, the state capital before going into a close door meeting with senior officers of the command.
He said he was ready to offer protection for those who have been on the streets of Ilorin, the state capital, protesting his deployment, so long as they remain peaceful.
Egbetokun was optimistic that the command under his leadership will accomplish much given the calibre of officers and men he has met in ground, some of whom he noted have worked with him on different occasions in this trajectory as an officer.
Said he: “I am excited to be in Kwara, for one reason. I came in this morning and many of the officers I met on ground are men that I have known and I know they have integrity. They are fantastic men that I have met before and I look forward to working with them again.
“The success of a police commissioner depends on the team that he has to work with. I just feel very much at home in Kwara. All these officers know what I stand for; everywhere I have worked I am committed to excellent service delivery.
“I am in Kwara to discharge my duty with vigour, honesty and integrity. Where I have worked before doesn’t matter. I believe in the principle of rule of law, fairness and justice. My stay in Kwara will be very pleasant. I am committed to upholding and protecting human rights of the people. However criminal elements will not have a hiding place here; they either decide to change or relocate.
“I am sure the Inspector General of Police has responded adequately to the issue of my posting and so I don’t have anything to say again on that. Silence they say is golden although sometimes people may mistaken your silence for acceptance of guilt but in his case I know I am not guilty. I will provide level playing field for all participants.
“I see protests as exercise of fundamental rights for as long as it remains peaceful. So protesters will always be protected, it doesn’t matter if the protest is against me. So long as you remain peaceful, you will have my cover.
“I want to warn; let us all be careful not to spread falsehood, let us be careful not to get used to a culture of engaging in misrepresentation of facts. It is dangerous, it is not good for our country.”
He expressed confidence that the visit by President Muhammadu Buhari today would be peaceful and also promised that having gone through the operational order for the command.
He was sure the forthcoming election in the state would be hitch free.