Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Imohimi Edgal, has called on governments and security bosses in African countries to desist from the traditional ways of tackling crime, stating rather, that the solution to tackling crimes and criminalities relied largely on the use of mo dern technology.
Edgal spoke just as he added two feathers to his cap, as he was honoured with two categories of award: The Golden Star Award for Urban Crime Control and the Most Outstanding Urban Crime Control Command in West and Central Africa, at the 15th Security Watch Africa, Awards, Conference and Exhibition, in Banjul, The Gambia.
Delivering a paper on the topic ‘ The Use of Sciences in Modern Day Policing : The Lagos Example’, he noted that crime had become very sophisticated all over the world, asserting that it should be fought with higher precision, if the desired result could be achieved.
He described Lagos as an example of a mega-city across the globe, saying it was also bedeviled by various patterns of crimes that characterised a mega- city such as armed robbery, murder, internet fraud, kidnapping , trans-border crimes among others.
The high rate of migration of people seeking greener pastures with the resultant effect of unprecedented rise in population, without corresponding social infrastructure in place, the police boss said, made the scanty socio-economic infrastructure to be over-stretched with attendant myriad of security challenges.
He was, however , quick to add that the new era of technological advancement had helped the command to beat criminals in their games.
Notable among technologies deployed to fight crime in the state , according to the award-winning CP, include Close Circuit Television, CCTV, cameras, Surveillance Vehicles, Scene of Crime Vehicle, Drones, Electronic Tracking Devices, establishment of crime Intelligence Laboratory and the Deoxyribonuclei Acid , DNA, Centre and the Bio Bank Centre.
The theme for this year’s event is ‘Effective Leadership and Good Governance :Panacea to Extremism and Insecurity in Africa’ .