By; RAYMOND TEDUNJAYE, Lagos
The chairman of Lagos Neighbourhood Safety Agency (LNSA), DIG Israel Ajao (rtd) has assured residents with useful information on the activities of hoodlums that their identity will be adequately protected.
Ajao gave the assurance while fielding questions from stakeholders during a One-day seminar for stakeholders in Ikorodu Division tagged “Neighbourhood Safety as a Strategy for Effective Crime Control in Lagos State” held at Ikorodu Town Hall, Ita Elewa, Ikorodu.
The stakeholders while expressing their readiness to give information to LNSC about suspected criminals in their neighbourhoods, also raised doubts about their safety after giving out such information.
They expressed fear that there might be reprisal attacks on them and their families if they disclose information about suspected criminals in there domain.
In his response however, the LNSA Board Chairman said LNSC is a competent security outfit that will always ensure the safety of informants adding that people can give information to LNSC without disclosing their identity.
Represented by Chief Tunde Aboyade, Board Member representing Ikeja division, the Agency boss revealed that there is absolute confidentiality in any information given to the it.
He also gave out dedicated lines that members of the public can call to give information without disclosing their identity.
According to him “I want to assure you that there is absolute confidentiality in any information that you supply us… You’re very secured and protected fully and nothing will happen to you “.
Chief Aboyade stated that the agency had commenced plans to install suggestion boxes in all the 57 LGs/LCDAs in the state to give you members of the public the opportunity to give information freely.
Also responding, the police assured that revealing the identity of informants is a thing of the past assuring the stakeholders that they are free to give out information.
Deputy Crime Officer (DCO) of Ipakodo Police Station, Ikorodu, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Balogun Idowu said that “nowadays, go to any police station, you’ll see a lot of phone numbers pasted there, copy these numbers and call without revealing your identity. I’m assuring you that you’re safe to give out information “.
DSP Balogun further enjoined the stakeholders to support security agencies in combating crimes instead of castigating them, “let’s join hands together to make the society crime free “, he solicited.
In his goodwill message, Ranodu of Imota, Oba Ajibade Bakare Agoro expressed his joy at the cordial relationship between LNSC and police in Ikorodu.
Oba Agoro explained that at the beginning, there were uncertainties in the relationship between police and LNSC in Ikorodu but the uncertainties had fizzled out.
“the relationship between the police and LNSC in Ikorodu is cordial and I’m happy about that “, the monarch enthused.
He further commended LNSC operatives in Ikorodu for a job well done and called on the government to further empower the outfit.
Guest speaker at the event, Mr. Lana Promise who spoke on the role of youth in ensuring a secured society decried the high rate of cultism and drug abuse among youths in Lagos State.
He described the trend as “a time bomb waiting to explode ” if not urgently addressed.
Promise urged parents and stakeholders to move closer to the youth with a view to addressing their yearnings so as to take their minds away from vices.
The guest lecturer stressed that tackling the issues of drug abuse and cultism is not the job of government alone but a job for everyone.
Earlier in her welcome address, Board member representing the division, Princess Kofoworola Adegboye expressed her gratitude to the stakeholders and those who supported LNSC in the division.
While attributing the success of LNSC in the division to the support received by members of the public and other agencies, the divisional representative said ” the success of LNSC is dependent on those that have been supporting us”.
During the vote of thanks, LNSA Executiyve Secretary, Barrister
Gboyega Bajulaiye who was represented by LNSA Deputy Director of Operations, Mr Shakirudeen Onilude applauded stakeholders for attending the event and urged them to continue supporting LNSC.
Other law enforcement agencies present at the seminar included Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) and Nigerian Legion.
LNSA board members, Princess Ronke Ogabi (Badagry Division), Mr Ishola Laguda (Lagos Division) and other top management staff of LNSA were also at the seminar.