We’ll Adhere To Whatever FG Decides On State Police – IGP

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Inspector-General of Police, IGP, Mr Olukayode Egbetokun said the Force will abide by whatever decision the federal government takes on the issue of state police.

Egbetokun disclosed this on Monday in Lagos State through the Coordinating Deputy Inspector-General of Police, DIG, South-West, Mr Abiodun Alabi, who was on a working visit to the state.

He said the Force decided to explain its stand in view of the many opinions and views that the matter had generated.

The police chief advised officers and men to continue in their job as stipulated by the constitution.

Egbetokun charged the men to be disciplined, hard working, respect human rights and carry out their duties in the best professional ways.

He warned the personnel against misuse of firearms, stressing that such should be used responsibly in strict accordance with the law.

On the mental and physical health of the men, the IGP said the officer-in-charge of Police Medical had been given orders to carry out mental and psychological test on personnel for better performance.

Egbetokun said the Force is already working with some consultants on a befitting accommodation for the officers and men, stressing that very soon, the personnel would access their own homes.

The police chief warned his officers and men against rivalry with other security agents, stressing that the police alone cannot provide the needed security for Nigerians.

He charged them to always work harmoniously with other security agencies, with a view to providing good security for all Nigerians.

On cultism in Lagos State, Egbetokun urged the men to be proactive by reaching out and engaging youths on the dangers of cultism.

Earlier, the Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, Mr Adegoke Fayoade, who welcomed the DIG to the command, said all security architecture put in place in collaboration with stakeholders had brought down the crime rate in the state.

“It is, however, gratifying to note that since the introduction of people centered, collaborative and cooperative, crime prevention strategies by the commissioner of police, crime and criminal activities have reduced drastically.

“The strategies adopted include: prevention strategies such as (intelligence raid of criminal hideouts, cordon and search) intelligence-led policing.

“Use of modern technology device(s) (scientific aid) to track down dangerous criminals e.g kidnappers, armed robbers, car hijackers etc. Extensive and Intensive Patrol and Community Policing Strategy amongst others”, he said.

The police boss in Lagos re-assured the visiting DIG that the current tempo in crime fighting would be sustained until the state is rid of all criminal elements.

The News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, reports that the DIG was in the command in Lagos, as the first state in the South-West on his working visit.

He will be visiting six states in the region, a visit ordered by the IGP for all DIGs to carry out on-the-spot assessment in all commands. NAN

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