Mr Imohimi Edgal, the Commissioner of Police in Lagos State has disclosed that about eight police officers have been shown the way out of the service for “very serious criminal offences”, while six other have been demoted.
Edgal also hinted that the Lagos State Police Command have also seen to the discipline of over 108 police officers for various offences from the beginning of the year to the month July.
He made the disclosure at a Stakeholders’ Forum on “Police Accountability: and Presentation of Advocacy Materials at the command’s headquarters, Ikeja.
The police chief said that 58 other officers recorded major entries, six officers reprimanded, 28 officers got warning motors, four officers had extra fatigue, while five others were discharged for lack of evidences against them.
“The days of police officers receiving slaps on the wrist for offences are gone. When you performed excellently well, you will receive a CP’s Commendation Letter.
“I am not happy punishing any officer, but that does not mean we should overlook unprofessional conducts. When I resumed as CP Lagos, I discovered that the public had lost confidence in the police.
“I set up a Citizen Complaint Hot Centre with 10 mobile phone lines through which people can complain about the wrongs of our men. I have received many complaints.
“However, there is no way I would know all that my men are doing if nobody complained,” he said.
The police boss, who acknowledge that the 28000 police officers in the state were inadequate to police the state, admonished the people of the state to feed the police with information that would help them carry out their duty in real time.
According to him, community policing in the state is working as it had reduced crimes by 35 per cent.
Edgal, while appointing a senior police officer, SP Abubakar Aliyah from the X-Squad, as member of the forum, promised to monitor the activities of the forum,
Also, Mr Okechukwu Nwanguma, the National Coordinator, Network For Police Reform In Nigeria (NOPRIN) and Chairman of the forum, spoke on “Toward Sustained Community Partnership with the Lagos State Police”.
Nwanguma said that the forum was formed with a view to have regular engagement and interaction with the Lagos State Police Command on issues of police accountability.
“The platform is to stand as a liaison between the police and the communities.
“This is with a view to deepening partnership between the police and the communities they serve and to improve public safety and security.
“We want to gain deeper understanding of the workings of the various complaints and disciplinary mechanisms within the Lagos State Police Command and the feedback system.
“We want to have a formalised and structured engagement with them, contribute to strengthening them and promoting police accountability,” he said.
Mrs Nneka Anigbo, the Head of Monitoring, National Human Rights Commission, South-West, said that the launch of the forum was a welcome development.
Anigbo, while applauding the CP for a job well done in the state, said the commission would support the forum to succeed, and
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that highlight of the launch included the presentation of some advocacy materials by Nwanguma and Mrs Bose Iro Ndu of Women’s Rights and Health Project.