Cul­tism, gang­ster­ism will soon be a thing of the past - La­gos CP

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS - From Eugene Agha, La­gos

The La­gos State Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice, Ed­gal Imo­himi, has vowed to end cul­tism and gang­ster­ism among youths in the state with the new se­cu­rity strate­gies he said he has been putting in place.

Imo­himi, who yes­ter­day as­sured res­i­dents of the La­gos Is­land area of the state he would put an end to neigh­bour­hood crimes and cult-re­lated vi­o­lence, noted that the spate of youth in­volve­ment in crime was be­com­ing alarm­ing.

The po­lice boss gave the as­sur­ance dur­ing a town hall stake­hold­ers se­cu­rity meet­ing hosted by the Area ‘A’ Com­man­der, Lion Build­ing, As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice J. O. Akinyede.

Imo­himi said that though there had been re­duc­tion in high­way crimes, neigh­bour­hood crimes and cult- re­lated vi­o­lence seemed to be per­sis­tent, a de­vel­op­ment he promised to elim­i­nate.

“We con­tinue to have neigh­bour­hood crimes and cult- re­lated vi­o­lence, and for this rea­son I have, with im­me­di­ate ef­fect, or­dered Area Com­man­ders and Di­vi­sional Po­lice Of­fi­cers to reach out to tra­di­tional rulers, com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment as­so­ci­a­tions and other vol­un­tary groups.

“We will set up vig­i­lante groups in the Area A com­mand to reach out to in­ner streets and neigh­bour­hoods to re­store peace in the com­mu­nity.

“I know we have had the vig­i­lante be­fore but we will give it le­gal func­tion­al­ity by invit­ing young in­ter­ested men to come for­ward, fol­low­ing which they will be pro­filed and at­tached with armed po­lice­men for night pa­trol.

“I have also or­dered raids on un­com­pleted build­ings and markets to make sure they are not turned into havens of crim­i­nal hide­outs,” he said.

The CP also em­pha­sised the need to gain pub­lic trust for a suc­cess­ful com­mu­nity polic­ing.

“I have told my area com­man­ders and di­vi­sional po­lice­men that polic­ing will now be by walk­ing about. They must move to the neigh­bour­hoods, at­tend their meet­ings and talk to the peo­ple.”

Photo: NAN

From left: Chief Press Sec­re­tary to the Gov­er­nor of La­gos State, Mr Habib Haruna; La­gos State Com­mis­sioner for In­for­ma­tion and Strat­egy, Mr Steve Ay­orinde; Act­ing Com­mis­sioner for Trans­port, Mr Anofiu Ele­gushi; and Gen­eral Man­ager, La­gos State Parks and Gar­dens Agency (LASPARK), Mrs Bi­likis Ade­biyi- Abi­ola, dur­ing in­spec­tion of metal fence at In­ter­State Mo­tor Ter­mi­nals in La­gos on Wed­nes­day

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