The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Fatai Owoseni, said citizens have almost lost their trust in security agents – especially in Nigeria Police formation – as there are continued invasion and attacks in Ikorodu area of Lagos and Ogun community by unknown gunmen which has sprouted worries and fears among residents.
Addressing security and business issues at the City Hall, Lagos, venue of the 2016 Stakeholders Forum organised by Office of the Special Adviser to the Governor on Central Business District (CBD) themed: “Toward a Lagos Island CBD Renaissance: Meaningful Insights and Commitment,” yesterday, the commissioner who was represented by Chief Superintendent of Police, Olusegun Ajamolaya, the Divisional Police Officer of Victoria Island, lamented that Nigerians do not have trust in the police as recognized by the 1999 constitution.
The security session also included the Executive Secretary of the Lagos State Security Trust Fund, LSSTF, Mr. Abdul-Rasak Balogun, General Manager of AIICO Insurance Plc, Mr. Moruf Apampa, Barrister Kayode Adeluola, Chief Executive Officer of Integrated System and Devices Ltd, Mr. Oluseun Mabogunje and moderated by the former secretary of LSSTF, Mr. Fola Arthur-Worrey.
According to Owoseni who was the discussant said;
“The major problem we have now is for the citizens to have trust in us; they do not trust the police they have. They believe that if they give information to the police, they will sell out. And due to this, the maximum cooperation we should get from the citizens is lacking.
“We believe that larger percent of the reasons acclaimed by the residents were stereotype. The Nigerian police are evolving daily. We want you to have faith in us and I believe that we will not disappoint you,”
Prevention of crimes can only be feasible if citizens can be more security conscious and willing to divulge information that can assist the police to serve and secure the society, Owoseni said. He also added:
“If we are able to achieve that, other aspect of policing is secondary. This is because we will be proactive and not reactive.”
“Everyone must be alert; that is why we are promoting community policing. Nigerian Police is not effective; we work day and night to ensure that the state is safe.”
“Policing Lagos is a big task especially as it concerns the population, the mode of crime committed and the unemployment rate in the state. That is why we have adopted to proactive and not the reactive strategy.”
Among many issues discussed at the forum, the Lagos state Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, who was represented by the state Secretary Mr. Tunji Bello, informed that the focus of his administration since inception has been to put in place necessary structures that would sustain a 24/7 economy in the “New Lagos”, adding that despite the global economic challenges, “we have ensured that the business districts functioned effectively to move the wheel of economic growth in the Lagos Mega City,” he concluded.