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We’ll Adhere to FG’s Decision on State Police – IGP

By Nurat Uthman

The Inspector-General of Police, Olukayode Egbetokun says the force will abide by whatever decision the Federal Government  will take on the issue of State Police.

Egbetokun disclosed this on Monday in Lagos State, through the Coordinating Deputy Inspector-General of Police, South-West, Mr Abiodun Alabi, who was on a working visit to the state.

He said the force decided to explain  its stand in view of many opinions and views the matter had generated.

The police chief advised  officers and men to continue in their job as stipulated by the Nigerian Constitution.

Egbetokun charged the men to be disciplined, hard working, respect  human rights, and carry out their duties in the best professional ways.

He warned the personnel against misuse of firearms, stressing that such should be used responsibly in strict accordance with  the law

On the mental and physical health of the men, the I-G said the officer in Charge of Police Medical had been given orders to carry out mental and psychological test on personnel for better performance.

Egbetokun said the force was already working with some consultants on befitting accommodation for the officers and men, stressing that very soon, the personnel would access their own homes.

The police chief warned his officers and men against rivalry with other security agents, stressing that Nigeria police alone cannot provide the needed security for Nigerians.

He charge them to always work harmoniously with other security agencies, with a view to providing  good security for all Nigerians.

On cultism in Lagos state, Egbetokun urged the men to be proactive by reaching out and engaging the youths in the areas of their command to lecture them on the dangers of cultism.

Earlier, the Commissioner of Police in Lagos state, Mr Adegoke Fayoade, who welcomed the DIG to the command, said  all  security architecture put in place in  collaboration with stakeholders had brought down  crime rate in the state.

“It is, however, gratifying to note that since the introduction of people centered, collaborative and co-operative, crime prevention strategies by the commissioner of police,  crime and criminal activities in the state has reduced drastically.

“The strategies adopted include: prevention strategies e.g. (intelligence raids of criminal hideouts, cordon and search) etc. intelligence led policing.

“Use of modern technology device(s) (scientific aid) to track down dangerous criminals e.g. kidnappers, armed robbers, car hijackers etc. Extensive and Intensive Patrol and Community Policing Strategy amongst others,” he said.

The police boss in Lagos re-assured the visiting DIG that the current tempo in crime fighting would  be sustained until the state is rid of all criminal elements.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the DIG was in the command in  Lagos,  as first state in the  South-West on  his working visit.

He will be visiting six states in the region, a visit ordered by the I-G for all DIGs to carry out on-the- spot assessment in all commands.

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