By Joseph Undu
The new Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Command, Mr. Imohimi Edgal, has expressed readiness to work with other security agencies, including vigilante groups, to ensure security of lives and property in the state.
This came as he paraded several robbery suspects, including a one-eyed robber, with several arms and ammunition seized from the suspects on display.
Edgal, who made the revelations yesterday, while addressing newsmen at the Police Officers Mess, Ikeja, said his operational roadmap was based on a Police plan driven largely by community policing and partnership.
On plans to partner with vigilante groups in the state, the CP said he will do that on the condition that such groups are registered and members properly profiled.
He said: “The issue of functional partnership will be taken very serious as legal and operational guidelines for vigilante to be established.
“The vigilante is important, but before any group can metamorphose, such group must report to the divisional police headquarters in that place, where they will be registered, profiled and scrutinised.
“None of the members of any vigilante group will, however, be accepted for registration if such member has a criminal case or found to be a drunk or have any form of deviant behaviour.
“They will be documented and submitted to the Area Commander for final scrutiny. If the Area Commander confirms and I approve, then they will be able to work closely with the Police.
“None of them will be allowed to carry arms. They will be used primarily for intelligence networking and we will improve intelligence gathering.
Henceforth, any intelligence information that leads to arrest will be rewarded and identity of informants protected.”