The Acting Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, was on routing visit to Lagos police command ask officers and men to focus more on community policing. Idris said efforts were on to check criminals operating at creeks and waterways in Nigeria.
He stated this during interactive meeting with security stakeholders in Lagos State command, stressing that criminal activities on the waterways and creeks were of serious concern to him.
''I have been to Niger Delta area to see security situation and to call for collaboration between the police and communities in the areas.
''We have serious security plan to cover all creeks and waterways from Lagos to Niger Delta areas," he said.
The police Inspector general contended that one way to check crimes nationwide was through regular meeting between the police and community people.
''I believe in policing with the community and not policing at the community. Together, we can discuss and find common solutions to problems not just of security but also of safety, the protection of all in the society.
''My approach, therefore, is aimed at giving reality to the historic proposition that the police are the community and the community area the police.
''I will encourage you to use all means available to you to bring topical issues to our attention. I expect people to be members of Eminent Persons Forum in all communities.
Accordingly, this forum is one of my strategies to police all communities in Nigeria. I am partnering with Lagos Commissioner of Police to ensure that the state is safer for all," Idris disclosed.