BY EBUN SESSOU
The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Umar Manko has said that his command will never neglect its duties of ensuring adequate security in the state.
Reacting to questions from lawmakers when he was invited to speak on security issues in the state, Manko stated that, although it might not be possible to have a crime free society, Lagos will not be conducive for criminals.
Manko, who was commended for his pro-active operations since he assumed office two years ago, added that “it is the duty of any police officer to respond to distress calls at any point in time from members of the public.”
The commissioner revealed that his command had been dealing with land speculators (Omo Oniles), who “are making life difficult for the residents of the state.”
Responding to revelations by some lawmakers that some youths were given para-military trainings in Lagos and Badagry toll-gates, Manko said that he was not aware of the development, but that he would do his investigations to see what could be done about the issue.
The CP, however, defended officers, operating in mufti at night, saying that it was part of the police strategy of checking crimes.
On the issue of cult activities rampant in Bariga and Yaba areas of the state, Manko blamed politicians for using cult to perpetrate evil.
“In those days, cultists used to operate in institutions of higher learning, but these days you see them in motor-parks.
“Some of the boys used during campaigns by politicians later turn out to be cultists. My duty is to arrest them and take them to court, but some of these criminals still come back into the society after some time,” he said.
Manko stressed that his command was making progress in checking proliferation of small arms in the state and that they were working with an agency of the Federal Government in charge of the issue.
On the police land in Badagry area, where the occupants were chased away, the Commissioner said that the police paid N176 million to acquire the land few years back with Certificate of Occupancy and that the occupants were given notice as far back as 2007.
He, however, said that he would plead with the authorities to compensate the people affected by the acquisition.