…Bags double awards at 15th Security Watch Africa award in The Gambia
By Evelyn Usman
Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Police Command, 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 modern technology.
This is just as Edgal has added two feathers to his cap, as he was honored 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, Thursday.
Delivering a paper on the topic ‘ The Use of Sciences in modern Day Policing: The Lagos Example’ Edgal , 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.
Describing Lagos State as an example of a mega city across the globe, he said it was also bedeviled with various patterns of crimes that characterized a megacity, 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 the unprecedented rise in population, without corresponding social infrastructure in place. , Edgal said, made the scanty socio-economic infrastructure to be over stretched with an 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 crimes in the state, according to the awards winning CP, included: Close Circuit Television CCTV cameras, Surveillance Vehicles, Scene of Crime Vehicle, Drones, Electronic Tracking devices, the establishment of crime Intelligence Laboratory and the Deoxyribonucleic Acid, DNA center and the BioBank center.
” It is gratifying to note that the command has come of age in the discharge of its onerous responsibility of crime fighting in the state. With the aid of these technologies, the command has been able to resolve high profile cases of murder, kidnapping, rape, armed robbery etc which hitherto would have been determined with traditional methods”. Edgal said.
He cited an instance in the murder of Umueke Tagbo, whose lifeless body was dumped at the General Hospital, Ikeja, on October 4, 2017. He narrated how the CCTV camera at the hospital helped detectives to narrow down the investigation, thereby leading to the arrest of two persons.
He said: ” Installation of CCTV cameras in strategic locations across the state by the government has assisted the command to monitor, deter and solve crimes.
Also, details obtained from CCTV footages after the commission of crime have guided police investigators to easily identify the authors of a crime and present miscarriage of injustice.
Another unique scientific device that has supported the command in its fight against crime, was the establishment of the Deoxyribonucleic Acid, DNA Forensic center,
which according to him, was assisting policemen to resolve all forms of crimes and paternity issue.
He disclosed that examination conducted at the DNA laboratory , on the blood, hair and fingernails, at the scene of the murder of 37-year-old Nelson Zainab, seven months ago , at her residence in Ikoyi, matched her Danish national husband’s , Nelson Peter , who was alleged to have killed Zibnab and their three -year- old child, Nelson .
He added that the DNA center also played a vital role in the identification of the charred remains of victims of the inferno that was caused by an explosion from 33,000 liters of combusting substance, on Otedola bridge, Lagos, five months ago.
Award-winning Edgal, therefore, called on Presidents of African countries to equip their Police with modern day technology that could render those of men of men of the award underworld useless, if the protection of life and property of their citizens must be guaranteed.
Earlier, the Chief Executive Officer, Security Watch Africa, Mr. Patrick Agbambu, explained that this year’s event which was in partnership with the Stellenbosch University, South Africa, was aimed among other expectations, to deliberate on the multifarious security challenges bedeviling the African continent and suggest measures to tackle them.
He said: “Our aim is to see how we can contribute to the security of our continent. We must get Africa working in terms of security because there is no meaningful development that can take place if we are not secured.
The theme for this year’s event is Effective Leadership and Good Governance: Panacea to Extremism and Insecurity in Africa’ . We looked at how best to handle security, particularly issues of extremism. Extremism has cost a lot of insecurity.
Without security, there is no development. With security, we will be able to think of development and plan for the future.
The solutions to Africa problems lie in Africa. So, we must look within to bring out these solutions”.