By News desk
Following the spate of insecurity in Lagos, the state Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, has lamented that the number of policemen providing security were insufficient to address security challenges in the state.
Ambode added that policing Nigeria has remained a big challenge that cannot be address easily considering the population of the country and the available policemen.
The governor disclosed this on Thursday when he received the Acting Inspector General of Police, Abubakar Adamu, at the State House, Alausa secretariat, Ikeja, stressing that the state government will not backtrack in its resolve to often support the police in boosting security.
“We know that the Nigerian Police are under pressure because to ask just 33,000 officers to police a population of about 24 million in Lagos, it is obvious that the are already overstretched.”
Ambode argued that as the police hierarchy move swiftly to address issues within the formation, it should also address the case of dearth of policemen in the state.
Aside the dearth of policemen, he charged the IGP to continuously inculcate in its personnel reasons to embrace human face while enforcing the law.
“I want to commend the IGP for this visit. Beyond the fact that this is a courtesy visit and like he has said, he is coming promptly to address the issue of extra-judicial killings that have actually taken place in the last few weeks.
“So, for the IG to come promptly himself to address issues that relate to public feelings about SARS and actually talking to the officers and men, that means he is taking the responsiveness within the Nigerian Police seriously before we start to address extra issues that border on the citizens. So, I like to commend him on that act of responsiveness and also say that it is what we should emulate in dealing with management issues that relate with our officers.
“I empathize with the IG because last week, he was in Zamfara; today he is in Lagos and tomorrow he would be in other places. Policing Nigeria is a big challenge but again he is up to the task and we wish him well in his assignment,” Ambode added.
The governor however the assured the IGP that the State Government would continue to support the Police and other security agencies “to ensure that they carry out their duties lawfully and also to have the human face needed to continue to uphold peace and unity in the country.”
While commending the IGP, the governor disclosed that security has improved in across the state compared to what residents experienced were.
“When we came in May 29, 2015, we had a tripod that we actually believed this government would work on – security, job creation and then infrastructural development. It is on record and I want to make it clear also that the Nigerian Police and other security agencies have actually contributed successfully to one of those tripod and you would have seen that there has been a lot of improvement in the security of lives and property in Lagos State in the last four years,” he said.
Responding, Adamu commended Ambode for the massive support to police and other security agencies in the State, saying the successes recorded in keeping the State safe would not have been possible if not for the support of the Governor.
“I want to thank Governor Ambode for all his support to the members of the Nigerian Police in Lagos State. Without the support of the Governor, I think the successes we recorded in the State, would not have been possible. The Governor is the Chief Security Officer in the State and all his policies towards fighting crime have been implemented by the Nigerian Police Force and we felt this is the time to come and thank him,” Adamu said.