The Lagos State Commissioner of Police,Edgal Imohimi, has asked for the support of the people to be able to fight crime and criminality in the State.
Speaking in a Town Hall meeting at Area E, Festac Town, the Commissioner pleaded with the people to support the Police by providing working information to security agencies to work with while urging them to be vigilant in their environment.
CP Edgal Imohimi said community partnership is the new template of policing, explaining that the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, launched the new strategya few weeks back in Abuja.
He said Police cannot do it alone, as the people who are residentin the community understands the immediate security challenges facing their communities, insisting that partnership with the Police is what is needed at this point in time.
CP Edgal Imohimi assured the people that the issue of trust on the Police about information given has been addressed, adding that the Command under his watch will be accountable to the people.
In another development, the Commissioner of Police, inaugurated a committee on the reform of the operations of Special Anti-Robbery and Anti-Kidnapping Squads of the Lagos State Police Command.
The CP said that the inauguration was in line with the directive of the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, that all Police investigating units should be restructured to discharge their duties in line with International best practices and standards of policing.
According to the CP, “I hereby constitute this panel to look into the operations of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) and Anti-Kidnapping Squad, of the Lagos State Police Command, State Headquarters, Ikeja”.
The Lagos Police boss said the panel’s terms of reference is to look into the activities of the two units from all the allegations of human rights abuses against officers and men to profiling of the current personnel of the units and determine their suitability to continue.
He said the committee is mandated to make recommendations aimed at addressing worrisome issues such as torture, illegal detentions, investigation of civil matters, safety and custody of exhibits, sexual abuses and molestation of any form, welfare of suspects and right to bail which must be free.
The panel was given two weeks to come up with reports of their findingswhile members of the public are also encouraged to submit memoranda to the panel through the nearest Area Commander or Divisional Police Officers.
In response, the Chairman of the committee, a retired Commissioner of Police, Samuel Adegbuyi commended the CP on the inauguration and promised not to disappoint in carrying out the task before him.
- Marcel Samuel