Nigerian Police Will Accept FG’s Decision on State Police – IGP


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IGP Olukayode Egbetokun

Mr Olukayode Egbetokun, the Inspector-General of Police had says that the force will accept any decision by the Federal Government on the issue of State Police.

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

According to him, 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 jobs as stipulated by the Nigerian Constitution.

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

While  warning the personnel against the misuse of firearms, stressing that such should be used responsibly in strict compliance 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 tests on personnel for better performance.

The IGP 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 charges them to always work harmoniously with other security agencies, to provide 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 recieved the DIG to the command, said all security architecture in collaboration  with stakeholders made it possible for the low crime rate in the state.

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

“The strategies adopted include prevention strategies e.g. (intelligence raids of criminal hideouts, cordon and search) and 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 reassured the visiting DIG that the current tempo of crime fighting would be sustained until the state is rid of all criminal elements.

Reports had it that the DIG was in the command of 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 assessments of all commands.