By Albert Akpor
LAGOS â€”Â GOVER-NORÂ Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN) of Lagos State has scored the police command high saying the crime rate in and around the state has tremendously nosedived in recent times.
The number one citizen of the state who gave the commendation during the 3rd town hall meeting held yesterday with the state government and the Lagos State Security Trust Fund (LSSTF) also reiterated his administrationâ€™s commitment and support for a virile police in the state.
He said if any economy was to thrive, the security of lives and property must be given priority attention maintaining that the state security trust fund would continue to give such attention to the police.
According to him, â€œ No doubt about it, the police commissioner, Mr. Marvel Akpoyibo and his men are very effective and up to the task of comfortably taming the tide in criminal activities in the state.
But even the best workman is merely a theorist without the proper tools.Â We cannot and should not be expected to take over the role of the ministry of police affairs and the federal treasury in adequately resourcing the police, but we are bound to fill in critical resource gaps when we can and when the situation is critical.
We cannot afford to backslide, indeed the reality demands that we add even more capacity.Â On our part the state government, bearing the moral imperative of leadership by example, has committed over N3billion to the fund as indicated in the report of the external auditors.
And just two weeks ago, the conference of local government council and local development area donated 114 patrol vehicles to the Lagos State police command to be distributed to all the DPOs and have pledged ten APCs for the use of the command. The reality of the situation demands that we invest in security since that is the very foundation of a viable society.
Giving a graphic data of the activities of the command since 2007 till date, the meeting observed that there is a great decline in the number of death of men and officers during encounter with armed robbers from 59 in 2007 and 33 in 2008 to 6 in 2009.
Similarly, it said the number of armed robbery incidents reduced from 264 in 2007 to 78 in 2008 and 30 in 2009.