The Commissioner of Police in Lagos State,CP Abiodun Alabi, on Wednesday said the threats of attacks by terrorists in Lagos that there was a partial lockdown of the state by security agencies due to the threat of attacks by unknown gunmen.
Alabi disclosed this in Lagos during the Lagos State Stakeholders’ Forum on Police Accountability (SFPA)’s quarterly meeting and awards.
Alabi gave a keynote address on “Police Community Partnership: Panacea for Effective Police Performance” at the event supported by Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA).
Alabi said that the partial lockdown was for a purpose, stressing that the police and other security agencies in Lagos were ready for any intruders.
He said that there were stop-and-search points at different places that had become part of the security architectures in the state to combat any likely intruder.
The Lagos police boss who said that though the number of police personnel in the state were inadequate, added that with community/police partnership, the current number could tackle all crimes and criminality.
Alabi said that the force was committed to accountability, where those with excellent performances would always be rewarded amongst the personnel, and sanctions would be meted out to erring and unprofessional ones.
He noted that all the statutory duties of the police were about the protection of lives and properties.
He called on the various community stakeholders: traditional rulers, community leaders, religious leaders, and transporters to always engage the police in their areas for better policing.
The CP urged communities not to be afraid of giving information about crimes and criminality in their areas to the police and other security agencies.
He also implored them to always be interested in the activities of the police and see the police as their family members and not mere friends.
Earlier, the Coordinator of SFPA, Mr Okechukwu Nwanguma, said that the forum was established in 2018 as an outcome of CSOs and other stakeholders’ engagement with police command in Lagos on issues of police accountability.
Nwanguma, who is also the Executive Director of Rule of Law and Accountability Advocacy Centre (RULAAC), said the forum had been and would continue to offer formalised and structured engagement with the various complaints and disciplinary units in the society.
He added that it would also stand as the liaison between the police and communities in Lagos state.
“Accountability is not an easily acceptable issue in the NPF. This is why we are happy that the current police leadership under I-GP Usman Baba has embraced and priotised accountability as an essential means of rooting out corruption and abuse in the force,” he said.
Nwanguma commended the I-GP for punishing those involved in various unprofessional conducts in the past , stressing that this action was an indication that the I-GP was ready to combat corrupt practices and unprofessional conducts.