6 September 2017
By Ugonnabo Ngwu
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode says his administration will support current efforts by the police to scale up community policing, adding that it is for this reason that the Neighbourhood Safety Corps was set up in the state.
The Governor stated this on Tuesday at the Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja, while receiving the newly posted Commissioner of Police in Lagos, CP Imohimi Edgal, and his predecessor, Fatai Owoseni.
According to Ambode, “We will give the new police commissioner all the support and I want to also say that we will support community policing. You must have seen that in our action which was why we established the Neighbourhood Safety Corps and we want to thank the Nigerian Police for supporting that.
“The establishment of the corps is part of the fabric of the community policing that the police is now projecting and we will support it with materials, resources and also ensure that every community is properly policed and in that, we will have the peace that everybody need to go about their activities without let or hindrance.
“We are emphatic on law and order and we will ensure that our judicial system works in convergence with the police so that we can keep the city safe… and more prosperous,” the governor said.
Noting that the top cop was already familiar with the security architecture of the state, the governor called on Edgal not to rest on his oars.
“We are comfortable that he (Edgal) does not have to start trying to learn the ropes because he is familiar with the security architecture of the state and the enormity of the assignment that has been given to him.
“On our part, we will ensure that we support him and his men. What is most important to us is that we must keep the city safe.
“Lagos must be safer, Lagos must be cleaner and it is based on that we can invite investors to come in. That is when we can project our 24/7 economy and so we cannot afford not to have a vibrant police force.
“More importantly is the fact that we, in government, have decided that, without a safe city, we cannot have a prosperous state and the prosperity and the peace that Lagos is enjoying now is actually founded on that fabric of the safety of lives and property,” Ambode said.
Speaking earlier, Edgal said he is ready to use a long spoon in dinning with the devil if that is what it would take to keep the state safe.
He said, “My policing plan for the state, which is entirely aimed at making the state the safest city to live and do business in the continent of Africa, is based on the philosophy of community-policing and community-safety partnership.
“I intend to partner everybody, to ensure that Lagos is secured.
“I told my officers and men that my passion for this assignment means if I have to dine with the devil, with a long spoon, to ensure that Lagosians live in peace and happiness, I will do so.
“Lagos is a cosmopolitan city, the issue of security is dynamic and of course, policing must also be dynamic.
“Today, I will roll out my policing plan to achieve this. I want to thank the Lagos State Government for its support to the police. Without support, both in terms of equipment and advocacy, there is no way the police would have been able to achieve what they have achieved within the short span.
“Mr. Governor, let me assure you, on behalf of my men, that we would not let you down and the state down.’’