The Lagos State Police Commissioner, Mr Imohimi Edgal , on Thursday held a Town Hall meeting with residents of Amuwo Odofin LGA, Ojo LGA, Iba LCDA and Oriade LCDA, with a promise to make Lagos the most peaceful state in the country.
To this end, the CP has sought the support of members of the public towards an effective community policing.
“My mission is to introduce my policing plan and ask for your cooperation in restoring safety to Lagos and make it the most peaceful state to do business on the African continent,’’ he told the stakeholders at the town hall meeting, held at Holy Family Event Center, Festac Town, Lagos.
The police chief who was overwhelmed by the large turn out said, effective community policing could be achieved through the partnership of residents in the various communities.
“A partnership that involves participation of every stakeholder. Henceforth, the people will decide the security structure, while the police will only execute.
“Community policing will be adopted because the people know their community more. It is wrong for the police to think they know your community more than you.
“Functional partnership is key to ensuring that the neighbourhoods are safe especially at night. Community policing is both proactive and reactive as it depends largely on the intelligence to prevent crime,’’ Imohimi said.
He noted that some people had “given up” on the police because of lack of trust, saying he is out to build that trust.
“Many things have gone wrong, but I want you to give us a chance to bring back that trust, the CP opined.’’
Imohimi also gave out phone numbers that he said would respond to any distress encountered by the residents of these areas. The phone numbers are: 08067945296, 08063025274,08063104759, 08113615350,08113683077, 08096283148, 0806283173, 08089781657,08126404930, 08081426895
He further stated that “All vigilante groups must be registered with the police where they will be profiled but they will not be licensed to carry arms.
“I appeal to you to have confidence in the police. Though we have our problem but part of it rests with you.
“The only thing that is constant is change and that is why I want you to try me and you will witness significant reduction of crime in the state,’’ the police chief said.
Meanwhile, the Executive Chairman of Amuwo Odofin LGA, Engr. Valentine Buraimoh while speaking to newsmen after the meeting, supported the action plan of the Police Chief to make Lagos a very peaceful and conducive state for living.
He averred that, the police could not achieve any meaningful success in crime prevention without the support of the community.
“Through the community policing, Lagos State would migrate from an errand of thuggery, violence and thereby record a low crime rate.
“Security issues should not be seen as only the government responsibility, it should be the collective responsibility of everybody”, Engr. Buraimoh noted.