Following the increased criminal activities in Lagos especially in the Ikorodu area of the state, the Commissioner of Police, CP Hakeem Odumosu has held a stakeholders meeting with traditional rulers and members of the community.
The which was summoned on Wednesday, 27 January, 2021 was on the instance of the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, CP Hakeem Odumosu after consultation with the Ayangburen of Ikorodu, Oba Adewale Shotobi and the Local Government Chairmen in the division.
The stakeholders meeting in Ikorodu Division of the state was held to x-ray and cross-fertilise ideas on ways of having better security system in the axis. It was attended by the Ayangburen of Ikorodu, Oba Adewale Shotobi and other traditional rulers in the division, sister security agencies, market women, transport unions, youths Council, religious bodies, ethics groups, locally-based security outfits, social clubs and associations and a host of others.
According to the Lagos Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, the police boss emphasised on the need for all and sundry in the division to shun crimes and do away with all actions and inactions that can constitute crimes. Noting that they must condemn the activities of the cultists and miscreants in the division rather than celebrating and encouraging them to do evil.
He said, The meeting identified major security challenges in Ikorodu Division to include cultism, land grabbing, traffic robbers and ritual killing. After due analysis of these challenges, the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State suggested solutions for better security of the area as follows
That traditional rulers must embrace community policing strategies and condemn the act of criminality in their areas.
Local Government Chairmen to be alive to provision of adequate security for all and sundry in their areas as enshrined in the Nigerian constitution.
Landlords in the area to screen their prospective tenants before accommodating and harbouring them.
The youths must assist the police in flushing out the bad boys who foment troubles in the area.
Market women to evangelise community policing principles and try their best possible to support the police and the State Government on security and due compliance with COVID-19 protocols in the state.
That transporters must support the police and fight against all vices in the area.
Religious leaders to use their links and platforms to preach peace and condemn criminality in the area.
The Commissioner of Police also admonished the stakeholders to support the state government on the fight against the spread of COVID-19 pandemic by observing the already laid down guidelines to include use of face mask, social distancing, no social party or gathering, closure of night clubs, bars, lounges, pasting of “No Face Masks, No Entry” at conspicuous places at malls, shopping outlets, religious centres, offices etc, and obeying the 12 midnight to 4am curfew.
CP Hakeem Odumosu encouraged them to do everything within their reach to halt the spread of COVID-19 which is a global reality. He, however, vowed to enforce the COVID-19 guidelines and protocols and other laws in the state.