By Evelyn Usman & Victor Arjiromanus
NO fewer than 108 policemen attached to Lagos State Police Command have been disciplined for various offenses between January and June.
Out of this number, eight were dismissed while six others were demoted.
This was disclosed by the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Police Command, Imohimi Edgal, during the official launch of the Stakeholders Forum on Police Accountability and presentation of advocacy materials organised by civil society groups , at the command’s headquarters, Ikeja.
The police boss stated that 58 policemen recorded major entries, six were reprimanded, 28 were given warnings while four of them had extra fatigue.
Five of the 108 policemen however escaped the axe, as they were discharged over lack of evidence against them.
Edgal said: “The days of police officers receiving slaps for offences are gone. When you perform excellently well, you will receive a CP commendation letter. I am not happy punishing any officer, but that does not mean we should overlook unprofessional conducts.
“When I resumed as CP Lagos, I discovered that the public had lost confidence in the police. I set up a Citizen Complaint Hot Centre with 10 mobile telephone lines through which people can complain about the wrongs of our men. I have received several complaints. There is no way I would know all that my men are doing if nobody complained.”
Attributing most of the feat achieved by the command to the Community Policing and Community Partnership concept, Edgal called on Lagosians to continue to assist the command with information that would assist it to do more, adding that the strength of the command which he put at 28,000 men was not adequate to police the state.
Commending civil society groups for championing the Stakeholders Forum on Police Accountability, Edgal said such forum would assist the police perform well.
To endorse his approval, he nominated Superintendent Abubakar Aliya from the X-Squad, to be a member of the forum, with a view to monitoring activities of the forum.
Earlier, National Coordinator, Network in Police Reform in Nigeria, NOPRIN, and Chairman of the forum, Mr. Okechuku Nwagunma, commended Edgal for breaking new grounds in the area of crime control through community engagement and increased police presence in strategic locations across the state.