The Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Abiodun Ige Adams, has told the Lagos State Commissioner for Police, Zubairu Muazu, that he is ready to support the Police authority in strengthening the security architecture in the state.
Speaking at the weekend during a courtesy call to the CP’s office in Ikeja, Lagos, Aare Adams said efforts are on to work out effective modalities to fight insecurity in the state.
He admitted that the partnership between the police and the Oodua Peoples Congress is beginning to yield positive results with other relevant groups coming on board as partners in progress.
The Yoruba Generalissimo informed the CP of the various efforts he had put in place since the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammad Adamu, and the South West governors said they were ready to work with the OPC under his leadership in combating insecurity across zone.
Part of the efforts put in place, he said, were the convocation of the South West Security Stakeholders’ Group, a meeting comprising all relevant security groups across the zone and the unveiling of a roadmap towards achieving the set objectives.
Aare Adams said: “So far, we have made significant progress since the IGP had expressed the readiness of the police to work with the OPC under my leadership.
“It is on this note that I said the OPC and the Nigerian Police are partners in progress.
“We have started work in earnest and everybody can attest to the fact that our efforts are beginning to yield positive results, especially now that it is obvious that the rate of insecurity in the South West has reduced tremendously in the past few weeks.
“We have set the pace and the signs are there for everybody to see that we are ready to secure the South West and make the region safe for Nigerians.”
The Commissioner expressed optimism that Lagos is becoming peaceful with zero tolerance for crime.
Muazu noted that the Inspector General of Police is on top of the security situation in the country, adding that the foundation laid by his predecessors in the state has really helped the police in making significant breakthrough in creating a workable synergy between the police and the people at the grassroots.
He said: “In recent time, the spate of insecurity has taken the centre stage across the country, however, I want to assure you that we are committed to providing the best security to Lagosians.
“We are committed to make the state safe for residents.
“And in doing our job, we are ready to partner with individuals or groups that can help the police to curb the spate of insecurity in Lagos and Nigeria as a whole.”
The CP also harped on information and intelligence gathering as panacea for peace, saying nobody can undermine the rate at which information spreads at the grassroots.
He added: “We all know that information dissemination is key at all times.
“And the police is in the best position to dissect the information gathered.
“So, I think Aare Gani Adams’ visit is timely and it is a positive sign that things are taking good shape in the country.”