The Nigeria Police is set to increase the number of Area Commands in Lagos State.
Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris made this known while on a courtesy visit to the State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode.
Mr Idris, stated that the request of Governor Ambode for additional Area Commands would be granted,
He said the request was in sync with the plans of the Police Force to consolidate on security across Nigeria.
“We are going to increase the Area Commands in Lagos and nationwide, so the Governor just keyed into one of our planned actions in a few weeks from now; we know that by doing this, it will help us to get closer to the population and also assist us to address criminality adequately all over the country,” he explained.
The Inspector General commended the efforts of the Lagos State Government in enhancing the security architecture of the state, as he described the state as a pace-setter.
According to him, Lagos is the first state to introduce the Police Trust Fund in Nigeria.
Trust Fund Bill
Mr Idris said that the concept had now been adopted by the Police hierarchy, leading to the presentation of Police Trust Fund Bill before the National Assembly.
“This is a concept we are trying to introduce nationally; currently, we have a bill before the National Assembly which is the Police Trust Fund Bill and a public hearing has been held on this bill and we believe by the grace of God that the bill when passed, is one of the instruments that will change the face of policing in Nigeria,” the IGP highlighted.
Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode appreciated the Police force for its relentless efforts in boosting security of lives and property in the state.
The Governor assured the IGP that the state was ready to fund the new Police Commands that would be established in Lagos, stressing that additional gunboats would be procured for the security operatives to further secure the coastlines from Lagos State to Ogun and Ondo State.
He also said that surveillance aircraft would be purchased to assist security operatives in their duties.
Support for Joint Task Force
Governor Ambode solicited the support of the Police boss for the security Joint Task Force (JTF) proposed by Governors of the southwest states of the country.
“We want adequate security on our coastlines from Lagos to Ondo State and we are ready to support the police and other security agencies, this explains the reason for the joint security patrol,” Governor Ambode added.