The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi has disclosed that a total number of 108 police officers had been disciplined for various offences between January and July, 2018.
He hinted that eight officers were dismissed from the Force over “very serious criminal offences”, while six others were reduced in ranks.
Edgal made the disclosure Wednesday, during the official launch of the Stakeholders Forum on Police Accountability and presentation of advocacy materials at the command’s headquarters, Ikeja.
The police boss said that 58 officers record major entries, six officers reprimanded, 28 officers got warning motors, four officers had extra fatigue and five others were discharged for lack of evidences against them.
“The days of police officers receiving slaps for offences are gone. When you performed excellently well, I you receive a CP Commendation Letter.
I am not happy punishing any officer, but that does not mean we should over look unprofessional conducts. When I resumed as CP Lagos, I discovered that the public had lost confidence in the police.
I set up a Citizen Complaint Hot Centre with 10 mobile phone lines through which people can complain about the wrong of our men. I have received many complaints. There is no way I would know all that my men are doing if no body complained,” he said.
Edgal called on Lagos residents to continue to assist the police with information and other assistance, stressing that the 28,000 officers and men in Lagos were in adequate to police the state.
He said that the community policing strategy is was working in Lagos, noting that it had reduced crime by 35 per cent.
While commending the initiators of the forum, Edgal stressed that it will also assist the police to perform well.
Edgal promised to monitor the activities of the forum, just as he appointed a senior police officer, SP Abubakar Aliyah the O/C X-Squad to represent the police in the forum.
Mr Okechukwu Nwanguma, the National Coordinator, Network For Police Reform In Nigeria (NOPRIN) and Chairman of the Forum
said it was formed with a view to have regular engagement and interaction with the Lagos State Police Command on issues of police accountability.
“The platform is to stand as a liaison between the police and the communities, and this is with a view to deepening partnership between the police and the communities they serve to improve public safety and security.
We want to gain deeper understanding of the workings of the various complaints and disciplinary mechanisms within the Lagos State Police Command and the feedback system.
We want to have a formalised and structured engagement with them, contribute to strengthening them and promoting police accountability,” he said.
Nwanguma commended CP Edgal for his human rights record, stressing that he was one of the best known CP in Nigeria with good human rights police command.
The Head of Monitoring, National Human Rights Commission, South-West, Mrs Nneka Anigbo said the launch of the forum was a welcome development.
Anigbo said the commission would support the forum to succeed, while she commended the CP Edgal for a job well done.
The President of Crime Reporters Association of Nigeria (CRAN), Odita Sunday praised the initiative for the forum, I urging CP Edgal to maintain the high level of crime fighting.
Highlight of the launch included the presentation of some advocacy materials by Nwanguma and Mrs Bose Iro Ndu of Women’s Rights and Health project to the CP.