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Crime Rate In Lagos Is Progressively Dropping – Fashola

Jul 14, 2008 - Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN) on Monday reassured all residents of the State that the crime rate is progressively dropping even as he challenged all citizens to play their expected role of supplying required information to help ensure a secured society.

Governor Fashola who gave the reassurance while receiving the new State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Marvel Akpoyibo on a courtesy visit to Alausa added that the State Government’s commitment remains unshakeable and unrelenting in providing support to the Police in securing life and property.

He added that the State Government would soon donate another set of sophisticated and ultra modern equipments to the State command of the Nigerian Police in order to enable the command continue to discharge its responsibilities.

He commended the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Mike Okiro for retaining Mr. Akpoyibo who has a degree of familiarity with the State’s terrain as the Commissioner, adding that this would ensure continuity.

He charged the Police High Command to always strike a balance between knowledge of the terrain and the need to effect operational posting of officers when considering movement of top police officers.

The Governor who said he has worked with four different Commissioners of Police in the last one year added that such frequent changes have created issues of orientation with local mode and system.

He ascribed some of the successes made by the present administration to the fact that some of the major players have been a part of the system from time and do not have to be orientated on mode and system of the State.

He also asked the Nigerian Police to emulate the recent transparent move by the State Executive Council by publishing the telephone numbers of all Divisional Police Officers across the State to make accessibility easier for the public.

The Governor urged the rank and file of the Police force to police itself by ensuring that every bad officer who engages in acts that brings down the image of the Police gets sanctioned appropriately.

While asking the Police to be civil in its approach and dealings with the public, Governor Fashola also asked the citizenry to be law abiding and vigilant at all times as it is very beneficial when there is improved security.

He expressed optimism that the new commissioner will make a success out of his latest posting which is not only a call to higher responsibility but one which will ensure that like all his predecessors, “the sky will not be the limit”.

Earlier, the new Commissioner, Mr. Marvel Akpoyibo had declared a zero tolerance for crime and criminals in the state, saying the command under his leadership would not allow hoodlums and criminals to make life unbearable in Lagos.

He said only two options are available to all criminals and the criminally minded in Lagos- to either repent off their bad and unlawful ways or relocate out of Lagos entirely.

He said no stone would be left unturned by the command in ensuring the Governor continues to hear good reports about the crime level and conduct of Police officers in the State.

Mr. Akpoyibo promised to use all equipments and facilities provided by the State Government optimally and ensure that in conjunction with sister agencies like the Prison Service, the Courts and judicial officers make a success of the process of crime prevention.


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