By; RAYMOND TEDUNJAYE, Lagos
The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Command, Abiodun Alabi has said that each Police Station in the state requires at least 10 operational vehicles to enhance effective policing.
Alabi made this known on Monday while responding to concerns of stakeholders at Apapa during a familiarisation visit to Area “B” Command.
Alabi, who lauded the State Government for its support to the Command, however pointed out that there is still more to be done to enhance capacity and policing strategies in the state.
His words, ” For Police to perform effectively, no Division needs less than 10 patrol vehicles. The State Government has been supporting us as it donated 110 patrols vehicles to my predecessor. But if you divide this by 110 Divisions, you only have one each, which is not enough”.
The police commissioner therefore appealed to Local Government Council chairmen, corporate bodies and wealthy individuals to compliment the effort of the State government by donating vehicles and other logistics to the various Divisions in their domains.
” Don’t hesitate to donate vehicles to your Divisions in order to enhance their capacities and policing startegies”, he appealed.
Alabi, who acknowledged that the command lacks enough man power, however stressed that more personnel and patrol vehicles would make the police more visible.
Inspite the challenges, the police commissioner asserted that Lagos is a model for other commands to emulate in terms of support from the State Government in the area of logistics.
Also, Alabi commended the Police Community Relations Committee (PCRC) for their support to the command, describing the group as a very good pillar to the police.”
” PCRC in Lagos is highly organised, focused and has lived up to its name. They have been doing good to us in terms of sharing intelligence. If you see that Lagos is peaceful, it is as a result of collaborative efforts with the people”, he emphasised.
Speaking further, Alabi attributed the successes recorded by the command under his watch to support and cooperation of members of the public.
He also called on the public to have trust in the police, saying that the command under his watch has been closing the gap and breaking barriers causing mistrust.
Assuring that no information offered the police will be divulged, the Alabi pointed out that the environment will be more safe and secured when the public collaborate and cooperate with the police.
” If you see that Lagos is peaceful, it’s as a result of the collaborative efforts with the people. Gradually, people are having confidence in the police, we are closing the gap and breaking the barriers. Once that gap is closed by sharing intelligence and information, the more we make our environment secured and safe”, Alabi stressed.
Speaking earlier, the traditional ruler of Apapa and Iganmu Kingdom HRM Oba Abdulfatai Oyeyinka Aromire applauded CP Abiodun Alabi for the successes recorded by the command within his short period in office, saying crime rate has reduced drastically.
He also commended the Area Commander ACP Umar Dikwa and Divisional Police Officers within the Area “B” Command, describing them as perfect officers.
The monarch however noted that the Divisions lack adequate man power and operational vehicles, just as he appealed to the Commissioner of Police to deploy more to the Divisions to enhance their performance.
Other speakers at the occasion which include the President Landlord and Tenants Association, Prince Akinola Ojora, chairman PCRC Apapa chapter elder Timothy spoke glowingly on the performance of Police officers and alligned with the appeal by traditional ruler for more operational vehicles and personnel to the Divisions.