……as Ex-Military Urges More Stakeholders support for the Corps Nigeria Police Force in Lagos has commended the Lagos Neighbourhood Safety Corps (LNSC) for the robust synergy it has been having with the force.
Speaking at LNSC, Ikeja Division’s One Day Stakeholders’ Seminar tagged Neighbourhood Safety as a Strategy for Effective Crime Control in Lagos held at Caroline Adebiyi Women Conference Centre, Majiyagbe, Ipaja, Lagos.
Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Igando Police Station, Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) Taiwo Kasunmu canvassed the need for multi agency collaboration in combating crimes. The DPO who disclosed his respect for LNSC also described it as the “closest to the police in terms of synergy “.
CSP Kasunmu also revealed that he has received tremendous cooperation from the LNSC since he became the DPO of Igando Police Station eleven months ago. According to him, “my 11 months as the DPO, Igando has been 11 months of great success, all these were made possible with the cooperation we get from the community and largely from LNSC”.
He further reasoned that function of the police cannot be carried out in isolation of the community and urged LNSC Officers to take their mandate seriously. Also speaking, DPO of Ipaja Police station, DSP Adetokunbo Abaniwonda also lauded the LNSC for it’s cooperation with the police saying the police have enjoyed wonderful cooperation with the security outfit.
“you all know that the present dispensation of the Nigeria Police Force is all about community policing, how can we get into these communities without LNSC? “, CSP Abaniwonda asked rhetorically. She also said that the police in her jurisdiction have been able to record succeses in collaboration with LNSC. Similarly, Vice Chairman of Mosan Okunola Local Council Development Area (LCDA) Mr. Dayo Oshinowo described LNSC as “one of the best things that has happened to Lagos State in the last two years “.
Osinowo advocated improved logistics for the corps and urged them to move more closer to the Chairman in their various LGs/LCDAs. More so, Chairman, Community Development Committee (CDC), Mr Adebayo Alaye suggested that LG/LCDA Chairmen should also assist LNSC in terms of logistics and not leave everything to the state government. In addition, a resident Alimosho, Barrister Rotimi Ogunwuyi attested that LNSC has been a major player in ensuring peace his community.
“I want to attest to it that ever since the establishment of LNSC, we have been enjoying relative peace in my area”, Barrister Ogunwuyi disclosed. He implored stakeholders and members of the community to give information to security agencies “the moment you see and you can talk, Lagos State will be a better place for all of us “, the legal practitioner advised. Delivering a lecture on the theme of the seminar, Air Commodore Ademola Onitiju (rtd) called on community stakeholders to give maximum support to LNSC.
He said that recruiting residents of various communities as members of LNSC gives the stakeholders a chance to take ownership of their safety and security.
“the Neighbourhood Safety Corps personnel who are recruited among you are the bridge between you and the Nigeria police, the prime agency for protection and law enforcement in Nigeria.
You must help them secure lives and property both public and private in your domain. If crime rate is to be reduced and emergency response is to be enhanced, please give maximum support and cooperation to the Neighbourhood Safety Corps members in your midst “, the retired Air Force officer admonished.
In his welcome address, LNSA Board member, representing Ikeja Division, Chief Tunde Aboyade security of lives and property is paramount to the economic development of Lagos State being the sixth largest economy in Africa. Chief Aboyade commended the Police for what he described as “the unflinching support the force has given to LNSC. He also applauded operatives of LNSC in the division for their contributions to the success of LNSC in Lagos State. He said ” our corps officers without carrying arms have successfully apprehended suspected cultists, ritualists, drug traffickers, child traffickers, armed robbers and all other hoodlums that have been engaging in various criminal activities “. The Ikeja Divisional Representative further assured Lagosians of LNSC’s unwavering commitment towards ensuring that cultism, and others crimes are brought to the barest minimum in the state.
Chief Earlier in his keynote address, LNSA Board Chairman, DIG Israel Ajao (rtd.) expressed his joy at the turn out of member of police force for the event saying “that means we have a good relationship with the police. DIG Ajao disclosed that the Nigerian constitution makes security of lives and property the primary objective of government and such, the state government established LNSC to gather intelligence about criminal activities in the communities.
The Chairman who was represented by the Board member representing Lagos Division, Mr Ishola Laguda added that the advocacy programme was to get feed back and seek more support from stakeholders. He further enjoined the stakeholders to support security agencies, “security is not one man’s problem, security agencies are not problems to crime but solutions to crime”, he said.
LNSA Executive Secretary, Barrister Gboyega Bajulaiye in his closing remarks appreciated the stakeholders and LNSC operatives for making the agency proud. LNSA board members, Princess Ronke Ogabi (Badagry Division), Princess Kofoworola Adegboye (Ikorodu Divisoon) and other top management staff of LNSA were also at the seminar.
Afolabi N. Olawale PAO LNSA