we’ll fish out bad eggs, IGP vows
By Olasunkanmi Akoni & Monsuru Olowoopejo
GOVERNOR Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State, yesterday, lamented that the number of policemen providing security was insufficient to address security challenges in the state.
The governor said this when he received the Acting Inspector General of Police, Abubakar Adamu at the State House, Alausa Secretariat, Ikeja.
He said the state government would not stop in its resolve to always support the police in boosting security.
Ambode said: “We know that the Nigerian Police are under pressure. To ask just 33,000 officers to police a population of about 24 million in Lagos, it is obvious that they are already overstretched.”
While he urged the Police boss to address issues within the force, he said: “I want to commend the IGP for this visit. Beyond the fact that this is a courtesy visit, he is coming promptly to address extra-judicial killings that have actually taken place in the last few weeks.
“So, for the IG to come promptly himself to address issues that relate to public feelings about the Special Anti Robbery Squad, SARS, and actually talking to the officers and men, that means he is taking the responsiveness within the Nigerian Police seriously before we address extra issues that border on the citizens. So, I want to commend him on that act of responsiveness and also say that it is what we should emulate in dealing with management issues that relate with our officers.
“I empathize with the IG because last week he was in Zamfara; today he is in Lagos and tomorrow he would be in other places. Policing Nigeria is a big challenge but again, he is up to the task and we wish him well in his assignment.”
Responding, the IGP commended Ambode for the support given to police and other security agencies in the state, saying the successes recorded in keeping the state safe would not have been possible if not for the support of the Governor.
Speaking on recent cases of extra-judicial killings recorded in the state, Adamu vowed that the affected officers would be charged to court and made to face the full wrath of the law.
He said: “I came to pay a courtesy visit to the Governor because I am in Lagos State to see the officers and men of the Nigerian Police. I came to talk to them on good behaviour and to remind them of the ethics of the job. We are to serve the public; we are not their masters, we are their servants.
“I want to thank Governor Ambode for his support to members of the Nigerian Police in Lagos State. Without the support of the Governor, I think the successes we recorded in the state would not have been possible.”