Police Launch ‘Eminent Persons Forum’ To Tackle Crime

Police Launch Eminent Persons ForumThe Nigerian Police Force has launched an initiative called the ‘Eminent Persons Forum’ to complement the foremost Police Community Relations Council (PCRC) and community policing.

The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, said that the forum was a community policing aimed at combating crime and other related offences in Nigeria.

The Imo State Commissioner of Police, Taiwo Lakanu, led the maiden meeting of the Eminent Persons Forum in the state at the Imo State Traditional Rulers Council secretariat in Owerri, the capital of the state.

Mr Lakanu said that the initiative was one of the police leadership’s crime fighting strategy to ensure that the police force collaborate with opinion leaders from various communities.

He described the forum as a bridge between the police and members of the community by giving adequate information about criminal activities in their locality.

The Commission added that it would offer necessary partnership and support in solving crime related issues and enhance policed public relations.

The Chairman of the PCRC in Imo State, in southern Nigeria, Mr Chima Chinyere, said the initiative would no doubt, enhance effective community policing and effective crime control in the state.

Commending the initiative, the Chairman of the Imo State Council of Traditional Rulers, Mr Samuel Ohiri, pledged the support of the traditional rulers and members of the community and promised that they would partner with the Nigerian Police in providing adequate information in combating crime in the state.

Some other stakeholders who spoke at the meeting stressed that security of lives and property was the business of everybody in the community and should not be left in the hands of the police alone.

Lagos Traffic Law Is About Safety, Not Politics Says Fashola

The Lagos State Governor, Mr Babatunde Fashola (SAN) who met with leaders of commercial motorcycle riders associations and Community Development Committees (CDC)  in the State over the implementation of the State Traffic Law as it affect operators of motorbikes, has maintained that the law is a good policy which the State will not reverse.

Governor Fashola who spoke on Tuesday in the Banquet Hall of the Lagos House, Ikeja at a meeting attended by the Police High Command in the State said the issue of the implementation of the State Traffic law is not a political issue but that of safety.

He added that like every good policy, it can indeed be improved upon, but motorcycle operators must obey the law and reduce the excesses associated with some of them.

Fashola however, charged the senior law enforcement officers to ensure that their men who engage in illegalities are clamped down. He reiterated that even in the approved routes, the motorcycle operators cannot carry more than one passenger and cannot drive against traffic or ride the motor bikes without wearing a crash helmet because it is all about being alive.

According to Governor Fashola, the people can also monitor and participate in the enforcement process by ensuring that in the various Local Government Areas and Local Council Development Areas where there are problems, the people can work together with the Divisional Police Officers (DPO) and Area Commanders through the Police Community Relations Committees (PCRC) to address such issues.

He expressed the hope that the operators of commercial motorcycles would organize themselves better and utilize the open door policy of the present administration to reach it, adding: “Let us know what the problems are and if people are impersonating you, use the open door policy to reach us. Let us know if they are people impersonating, you let us work together to get them out of the business. So that we know who we are dealing with”.

Governor Fashola stated that the State Government appreciates the support of the commercial motorcycle operators for the ruling party in the State and values it but that the level of responsibility expected of them is bigger in terms of supporting the government to protect life and property.

He reiterated that the Police Commissioner or the Assistant Inspector General cannot be everywhere at all times but that the motorcycle operators also owe it a duty to take the necessary steps about the identities of Policemen who engage in such infractions, adding that such officers would be fished out.

Fashola also called for the setting up of Contact Committees across the various Police Area Commands, which should be decentralized by the Local Government Chairmen down the line so that the face of those monitoring and supervising is well known to the people.

The Governor said if complaints would be raised by the commercial motorcycle operators against the implementation of the law, it is only after they have complied with its provisions that government can take feedback and possibly review some part of it.

Speaking earlier, the State Commissioner for Transportation, Mr Kayode Opeifa said the State Traffic Law 2012 has assisted the government to get a high level of compliance which has come with a lot of media advocacy.

He stressed that the Traffic Law came into being not only to improve the responsibility of preservation of life and property, improve security, traffic situation but also to improve traffic management and control in the State.

The Lagos State Chairman of the Association of All Nigerian Auto-bike Commercial Owners and Workers Association (ANACOWA), Mr Ade Ikuesan had described the State Traffic Law as a good law that has prevented riders from having accidents on the roads.

He pleaded with the State to assist in stopping the harassment of Okada riders by some people who are taking advantage of the implementation of the law because they are law abiding citizens who would not violate any law of the state.

Also speaking, Chairman, Motorcycle Operators Association of Lagos State (MOALS), Mr Tijani Pekins pleaded with the Governor to ensure that he does everything possible to make sure that Okadas exist in Lagos State, adding that many of the Okadas that ply restricted routes belong to non-members of the recognized unions of Okada riders in the State.

 

Imo Police Arrests Suspected Murderer Of Customs Officer

The Imo State Police Command has arrested a 25 year old man, Mr Mishack Osuala who is alleged to be the prime suspect behind the murder of his uncle, a Customs officer, Mr Mishack Ugwuoha.

Mr Ugwuoha, an Assistant Comptroller in the Customs was killed few months ago in his country home at Umuchoke Amaigbo, Nwangele Local Government Area of Imo State.

Parading the suspect at the Police Command Headquarters in Owerri, the Imo State capital, the Imo State Police Commissioner, Mohammed Katsina, told newsmen that his arrest followed an intelligence report gathered from strategic partners who have been keeping an eye on the suspect since the murder of the customs officer.

Making an open confession, the suspect claimed that it was not their intention to kill the Customs officer but was forced to when his late uncle tried to break away.

The police boss also paraded over 30 suspected criminals for various crimes, ranging from kidnapping, armed robbery, gun running amongst other crimes. He said that the arrests were as a result of the success of “Operation PUFADA” launched in the early weeks of September to reduce the high level of crimes especially during the ember months.

He added that the Police are hotly on the heels of one Okechukwu Uzoma, a 30 year old native of Umuchoke Amaigbo, Nwagele LGA, the last but fleeing member of the armed robbery gang who is wanted for murder. He appealed to the members of the public with any useful information that can lead to his arrest to contact the Police.

In a similar arrest, the commissioner also paraded a group who were purportedly hired by a man to kidnap his sister in-law and her kids on their way to school. He said that it took the rapid response of the command’s ambush squad to rescue them and then arrest the suspects.

The commissioner of police went ahead to narrate how his ambush squad was able to detect and arrest a man who impersonates being a member of the Police Community Relations Committee, PCRC, with an automatic pistol recovered in his possession.

Part of the arrests made were some other group of fake palm wine operators who used fermented cassava to mix palm wine and sell to unsuspected members of the public.

Items recovered during these raids by the Police include 990,000 Naira, and another 2,700 US dollars. Others are 51 cars of various makes, 9 AK-47 rifles, 7 assault rifles, 14 Pump Action guns, and 150 car master keys.

Ogun Police Goes Tough On Use Of Fireworks

The Ogun State Police Command has read the riot act on the use of fireworks at carnivals without authorization, as the state prepares for the yuletide celebrations.

The State Commissioner of Police, Mr Ikemefuna Okoye, said this at a meeting held at the Police Officers Mess in Abeokuta, the state capital, with members of the Police Community Relations Committee, PCRC.

He said that the command will not take it lightly with perpetrators of unauthorized use of fireworks and other behaviours that could compromise public safety and security of the state.

While assuring the indigenes of the state of adequate security of life and property, the commissioner of police also encouraged residents to always provide the Police with quality information that could lead to the arrest of criminals before, during and after the festivities.