Friday, 18 October 2019

Ember Months; Area “P” Command Sensitize Stakeholders on Emergency Response: Olusegun Ariyo



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Area ‘P’ police command in Lagos state with jurisdictional supervision  consisting of Alagbado, Ipaja, Ayobo, Miran, and Oke-odo Police Division in Lagos today held an interactive season with stakeholders within its area command specifically in the area of inclusivity of inhabitants leaving within the command as ember month drives in , justifying the need to be proactive essentially when in an emergency that may need a swift response from security operatives.


Presenting some key points to stakeholders on the need to be swift to an emergency situation, the area commander, ACP Olugbenga Adepoju told  stakeholders that the  meeting is being called because of three important things as we drive towards  ember period and that which include cult activities, traffic congestion and the need to be aware of how some take to suicide and the need for remedies.
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“Let me bring you up to speed on why stakeholders Must partner with us in ensuring that we all experience peace within this ember period”.
“We’ve been going round to see how we can carve out every possibility as to how to partner with communities within the area command, this, I did personally in my visits to all the Divisions under the supervision of this command and so far, we are encouraged with all responses”.
“This is the period where a lot of people after looking for money from January to till this time and are unable to get it and resort into doing crime and where those that does not want to commit a crime subscribes to committing suicide, drinking sniper and other harmful drugs capable of humiliating them”.
Most people take to crime because of the fact that they want to enjoy the yuletide season.
Acp Olugbenga said this was exactly the reason why directives came from the state command to call all stakeholders and partner with the communities in other to muscle-up and raise the bar on security strategies
“We can’t stay aloof and say we don’t care about what happened to our neighbours, we should be our brother’s keeper, sensitize our communities and let them know what this period is all about and what its entails”.
“We are reeling out Hotlines from all Divisions under this area command’s supervision and that is not leaving the area command as well”.
He said area ‘P’ command number’s front-desk is 09011448077 while his personal number is 08056938044, while his 2ic CSP oludare Joseph’s number is 08033978131, adding that all the Divisional Police officers shall be giving their personal phone numbers including their Charge-room numbers as he requests that all stakeholders represented should Endeavour to give members of their communities the numbers in other to avoid weak swift responses when  they may be needing supports in time of emergencies.
Acp Olugbenga, therefore, urges residents against being nonchalant to all said  saying experiences have shown that even with all the information disseminated, there are instances when inhabitants refuse to make use of them, thereby falling victim unduly.
“There are venerable points where boys smoke hemp and gather to attack people, as justification; we need information from the inhabitants in the communities for us to be able to dislodge them.
He urges stakeholders to Endeavour to take advantage of numbers given and request them to send ‘SMS’ while in distress.
Acp Olugbenga said Division and the area command has been having a pocket of crime related issues essentially in isolated areas where robbers take advantage of, to perpetuate crime, urging stakeholders to partner with vigilante groups, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence (NSCDC) CDA, PCRC and indeed the police to attend to their security needs especially when in an emergency before during and after the yuletide season
He said from now on, till new-year, members of the communities should call in an emergency situation, citing an example where after having all the information needed, and that which any resident could use to call, but unable to douse such essentially in a critical situation can be very telling.
 All of us are police, except that we are just wearing a uniform, and are being paid for the job, he added!
The area commander urges stakeholders to help disseminate all the information dished out to them to members of their communities, adding that everybody had their duties to perform
“At different level, we have discovered also that robbers attack with the connivance of some inhabitants, urging hotelier to install  CCTV camera in every strategic point, citing the Port-Harcourt experience about how someone who went on a killing spree was caught on  CCTV camera,  urging hotelier to do same and that if they ignore the advice and peradventure something unwarranted happen, the command will descend on them! 
You must request for their identity cards, monitor activities strictly and if you can also get a detector to screen potential, it will indeed serve as an advantage, the commander added.
we don’t have cult rivalry here but what we discover is most of them are coming from outside to hibernate here, we equally have some Okada riders driving at ungodly hours, we have discovered they have their plan game, truck pushers too some of them are culprit, inhabitants must watch-out he added!
He said members should be conscious of what they say on phone especially in public, to this extent, their action has led to some fallen victim of robbery attacks.
Meanwhile Divisional police officers under the supervision of the Area command have provided their numbers as follows, Dpo Alagbado, Csp Yahaya Mohammad personal number 08075393911, charge room 08090954773, 08088141441, Dpo Miran SP-Ajoke Akande personal Number 08060294646, Charge Room 08081778586,09066546536, Dpo Ayobo SP Godwin Okoripka- personal Number 08109497676,Charge-Room-Numbers 09033949051, 09058894949, CSP Tokunbo Abaniwonda 08052749972, charge-room 09066481842, Dpo iLe-Epo 08147479108, charge-room 07014441317.
On the issues of traffic congestion within the area, one of the stakeholders told the gathering that the police should hold the transports union to account adding that there are many ways to handle them professionally that will make them adjust and act in the way that will aide smooth traffic inflow and outflow sustainably.
Traditional rulers that grace the occasion include the Baale Amikanle, Olu-awo, Anjorin and their counterparts from Aboru
Other participants include the representatives of the Lagos State Transport Management Authorities (LASTMA), National security and Civil Defence corps (NSCDC) and other key community leaders under the jurisdiction of the area command.

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