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Police Flag Off Forum On Security In Agege

Fatai Owoseni
Posted: Sep 28, 2016 at 3:49 am   /   by   /   comments (0)




 Lanre Ogunlana, an Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) has called on residents of Elere in Agege, Lagos to give maximum support to the police in the areas of prompt and timely information for effective policing of the area.

ACP Ogunlana, who is also Area G police commander made the call during the induction and inauguration ceremony of Eminent Persons Forum, (EPF) for Elere police division held at Jaspan International Hotel, Lagos.

Speaking at the occasion, Ogunlana said that crime fighting and prevention was the responsibility of all and sundry, adding that the timely information to the police by members of the public would go a long way to nipping crime in the bud.

He appealed to members of the forum to live up to expectation, as well as their name(EPF), adding that to be singled out among the eminent persons in the society showed that they were men of credible and impeccable character.

Chief Daniel Anolue, chairman, Jaspan Hotel International, and Chief Yomi Otubela, managing director, Lagooz Schools were unanimously elected to lead the forum which had other 13 members.

The duo was to oversee the activities of the forum until further directives from Fatai Owoseni, Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Command.

In his welcome address, Ben Osuji, a chief superintendent of police, (CSP) and the Divisional Police Officer, Elere Divisional Headquarters said that the current trend in modern policing was increasingly tilting towards community policing as a vehicle for reaching out effectively to the people.

“In order to harness the advantages which this provides, the Nigeria police leverages on robust partnership and collaboration with the people for optimum results.

The Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris and Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, CP Fatai Owoseni have mandated us to inaugurate the Eminent Persons Forum (EPF) as a forum for men and women of proven integrity who will work with the Nigeria police in the field in their resolve to reduce crime”.

CSP Osuji said members were selected based on integrity and avowed willingness and readiness to collaborate with the police in Elere division.

“We appreciate the already existing synergy between members and police individually and corporately, as you observe the low crime rate and relative peace and security we now enjoy in Elere, is the result of such collaboration”, the DPO said. Chief Anolue thanked God for making the occasion a reality.

He appealed for good rapport, effective communication and cooperation among members, saying that the divisional police officer and the area commander could be transferred from the area, but they (residents) would continue to live together in the community.

Chief Otubela while thanking all for making the occasion a success urged Chief Anolue to create a WhatsApp group for members for effective communication.

Chief Otubela who pledged to give his time and resources to make the forum and its objectives a reality called for a proper training of members on how to operate and give out information.

He also demanded that a letter of appointment as eminent persons be issued to members, while demanding to know if their duties would not be a duplication of the roles of PCRC and CSP.

Osuji who said that the letters were ready for collection added that the operations of the forum would not be conflicting with the roles of the PCRC or any other body as they were all geared towards the same goal.