…Vows to punish erring policemen severely
Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Imohimi Edgal, yesterday, assured officers and men of the command that the intention of investigating misconduct by officers was not to witch-hunt anybody but to institutionalize the culture of respect for the rights of citizens of this state.
Speaking while receiving report of the special committee he set up last week to investigate petition of unethical conducts, collection of bribes, display of self interest, hostility and sexual harassment against officers of the command anti-kidnapping unit, Edgal said it was to ensure that police provide creditable service to the good people of Lagos state.
According to the police boss, “If we are to make sure that community policing and community safety partnership is successful as a new policing strategy for Lagos state, then the issue of police misconduct must be checked. In that way, we will win the trust and confidence of members of the public, partnerships will be functional and the inflow of information will greatly increase.
“I want to assure the committee that I will study the report and recommendations to ensure that action is taken. I want to also use the opportunity to tell my officers and men that issues of corruption, discreditable conduct and unethical conduct, conduct that would cast the police in bad light and dent our corporate image, will not be tolerated and it is not going to be business as usual.
“The policy trust and the ideology policing for the force now was launched Friday last week, as community policing and community safety partnership. An important element of this new policing ideology is that of partnership but the truth is, members of the public would not partner with us if we do not regain their trust and their confidence. I have told my officers and men that you cannot regain the trust, confidence and goodwill of the citizens you protect if you don’t change some of the bad unethical conduct you exhibit.
“Many of them have listened and I have noticed remarkable improvement in their conduct. The number of complaints that is coming now is on a steady decline and we will not stop talking. We will continue to talk to them. Those that refuse to listen or take advice where we receive complaints that bother on corruption, unethical conduct and discreditable conduct, we would cause such complaints to be investigated very transparently and we would make our findings public.
“Again, let me thank this committee for the good job they have done within a short space of time. You were given one week with a wide range terms of reference and you were able to, within this short time, come up with this report and recommendations. I thank members of the public too for their patience in this matter as we go now to study the report and enforce some of the recommendations. We want members of the public to continue to exercise patience with us. We insist that we must clean up the force of bad eggs and want members of the public to join hands with us to achieve this, “he stated.
Earlier while submitting the report, Chairman of the committee and Commander Rapid Response Squad, RRS, Olatunji Disu, told the police boss that the committee carried out the investigations diligently and came out with recommendations that will better the image of the force. Other members of the committee were; Emma Nnadozie, Crime Editor of Vanguard Newspaper, Bar. Adeola Samuel Ilori, Bar. Jude igbanoi, Juliana Francis, Crime Editor of Telegraph Newspapers, CSP Adedeji Kemi and Bar. Solomon Ezike as observer.