Fashola Commends RRS Men, Urges LASTMA, KAI Officials To Show Courtesy
Mar 16, 2009 - Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN) on Monday cautioned men and officers of all security and Para-military forces that just as the state will continue to recognize bravery and gallantry, it will also not hesitate to sanction unacceptable behaviours from the operatives.
Governor Fashola who spoke at the commendation ceremony for Rapid Response Squad (RRS) team that confronted armed bandits in separate incidents across the state held at the Lagos House, Ikeja added that all security agencies and agents must realize that members of the public are customers.
He added that the state government would not permit any of its agents or agencies namely the Police, LASTMA or KAI to display unacceptable acts to members of the public, saying: “We will not allow you to break the law in enforcing the law”.
“We will not accept conducts that do not meet minimum standards that are obtainable in civilized societies. We are here to serve. Members of the public constitute our customers. Your being courteous does not connote that you are weak. You can be courteous but still be very firm”.
Governor Fashola who emphasized that there is no crime free society anywhere, added that the state government remains irrevocably committed to ensuring that crime is reduced to the barest minimum in the state.
He reiterated that the doors of Lagos are open to all those who wish to come and do legitimate business while those who are criminally minded should decide now to look elsewhere if they wish to continue to make criminality a way of life.
Governor Fashola who conveyed his deepest regrets and condolence to the family and widow of late Inspector Simon Williams who lost his life in one of the cross fires with armed robbers.
While making the State’s donation to Angela Williams, the widow of the slain cop, he pledged to continue to support the officers and men in the discharge of their duties, expressing the hope that whatever the State has provided will help in supporting the late policeman’s family saying: “we will continue to be there for you always”.
He explained that the performance of the Police and the passion with which the Policemen and officers are combating crime in the State has reinforced the belief that with appropriately deployed resources the Police can do better.
Speaking earlier, the Commissioner for Establishments and Training, Mr. Jide Sanwo-Olu said the men and officers being recognized displayed gallantry in separate robbery incidents which took place in different parts of the state.
He said in one of the incidents which took place on November 24, 2008, a bank in Victoria Island was attacked by armed robbers operating with a speed boat but were repelled by men of the RRS led by Inspector Paulinus Adah who operated with Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) among those being recognized at the ceremony. Other members of the team honoured were Sergeant Lamidi Mukaila, Sgt Goyom Markus, Corporal Francis Ehigiator, Corporal Durojaiye Taiwo, Cpl Oloke Ajayi, Police Constable Isoh Dornu, Pc Igiebor Sunday and Pc Liasu Waheed
He added that in another incident along the LASU- IBA road on February 25, 2009 at 15:30 hours, armed robbers attacked a Police patrol team who responded to a distress call and in the ensuing gun duel, the leader of the patrol team, Sergeant Williams Simon lost his life.
Mr. Sanwo-Olu recalled that for the first time in many years, Lagos State recorded a zero fatality during the last festive period which was unprecedented in recent memory.
In his remarks, the State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Marvel Akpoyibo thanked the Governor for his unwavering support for the State Police Command saying that the men and officers of the Command have no excuse in not doing well in terms of crime prevention.
He added that the Command is aiming at zero crime level all over the state, adding that “we are not there yet”.
He said with the ceremony which is the second to be performed by the Governor, Lagos State has gone a step further in crime prevention.
Mr. Akpoyibo who contended that crime is dynamic assured that the State command is proactive and always working on how to contain new techniques being devised by men of the underworld on a continuous basis.
Seven officers and policemen were honoured at the occasion with certificate of merit and plaques presented to them by Governor Babatunde Fashola (SAN), while the widow of late Sgt Williams received an undisclosed sum of money.
The event was witnessed by members of the State Executive Council, members of the State Security Trust Fund and Chairmen of Local Government Areas and Council Development Areas in the State who also pledged a donation to the widow of the slain policeman.