Lagos – Mr Umar Manko, Commissioner of police, Lagos State, on Friday cautioned security agencies in the country against rivalry in carrying out their duties.
Manko stated this at the 22nd meeting of the Military, Police and Paramilitary Public Relations Officers Forum (MILPOPROF), at the police officer’s mess, Ikeja.
Represented by the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Operations, Mr Tunde Shobulo, he noted that such rivalry often created a bad image for the security agencies.
“There should be no unnecessary rivalry among security agencies in Nigeria. We all have a common goal for the nation. We are to provide security at one place or the other for people in Nigeria.
“Nigeria Police Force is constitutionally empowered to provide general security within the country. Other security agencies with different uniforms are not doing different jobs for different people.
“We are working for one purpose. We must work together. Each agency must acknowledge the importance of other organisations. Every security agency’s duty is important in Nigeria.
“Agencies must, therefore, share information. Nothing stops another agency from cross checking information with others in any matter, so as to get the facts,” Manko said.
He urged the public relations officers to always protect the image of other agencies, stressing the need for them to exchange addresses with a view to having a better relationship.
Earlier, the Coordinator of MILPOPROF, Mr Chibueze Hosea-Igwe, said the forum started seven years ago to build friendship among the agencies and help to fight crime in the country.
Hosea-Igwe noted that the forum was formed after the clash between the Army and Police at Ojuelegba, which resulted in the burning of the Surulere police station in 2005.
40 officers from the military, police and paramilitary agencies in the state attended the meeting. (NAN)