The Lagos State Police specifically it’s Area“L” Command whose jurisdiction covers all communities within its coastal region held security partnership meeting with stakeholders and inhabitants of ilashe, ilado, Takwa-bay igbologun Osolu kingdom snake-island, ibasa, itu-Agon and "imose" yesterday.
The meeting was anchored on challenging issues of cultism, pipeline vandals and other pockets of violence arising from land conflicts and a threat to the security of live and property within the habitats.
The Area ‘L’ commander, Acp Ben Osuji in his remark, told the large gathering what the police want is its cooperation with the coastal communities and the need to be alert at all times especially when in a chaotic situation.
“Please be informed that as new crimes are emerging, and it is our duty to inform all in the way it’s being perpetrated hence the need for community partnership”.
Continuing, Osuji said the need for this development becomes very imperative because of the fact that the Lagos state police command has launched different platforms to deal with security issues apart from operation puff Adder, which is known as “operation flush”, and that which the command needed to sound the alarm on, in other for the stakeholders in the communities to be aware of, and take meaningful advantage of it.
“Cultism is fast becoming a menace, “I mean, there can’t be any sense finding our youths engaging in this act, dispossessing inhabitants from their belongings and yet, nothing is being done to stem the tide, he queried”.
“We shall address both issues of cultism and other pending traditional issues in Itu-Agon community which comes with land disputes”, the commander stated.
Acp Osuji said there is no spirit that can help resolve issues of land disputes other than taking advantage of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), while urging them to see more of that as the best option and choice other than conceding to what one of the stakeholder said while answering a question that the litigation over inagbe island traditional disputes had lasted them for over eighteen years and still continues.
The Commander added; community partnership remains golden as the Area command is interested in what the Divisional Police Officers within their jurisdiction are doing, adding that what is obtainable in Lagos state police command when it comes to emergency response time is within two, five and ten minutes on any perceived threat, their relationship with the police, proactive emergency response and other ingredients that must be inclusive in nature when it comes to a partnership with the police within the jurisdictional command.
One of the stakeholder from irede ask if, after giving sensitive information to police, whether those that provided it would be treated with confidence, to the admiration of the stakeholders, the area commander said all information will be treated with utmost confidentiality.
Another stakeholder, Chief Femi Adele, the Bale of irede decries the way Takwa-bay Divisional police officer was responding to an emergency, saying there is the need to improve, providing a solution thereafter, a community inhabitant from same irede believes the reason such response time can see the light of the day is requesting for speed boats through their traditional rulers to the state government which according to him, remains the only solution to emergency response.
A youth leader from Ilado, Shuaibu Sanni suggested that the police authority should also think of providing more police post in their community for proximal advantage in other to enhance effective community policing, adding that from Takwa-bay to sangbokoji remains very far, citing an instance when infighting broke out in one of their community that eventually comes with severe injuries which according to him, should have been averted if there was a proximal sight of a police post that indeed would have been avoided.
Adebanjo Esanmore, a community inhabitant from itu-Agan agrees with an earlier speaker that the partnership must put into consideration for a proximal police presence to serve both sangbokoji and irede.
On the issue bordering on land conflict, oba Musiliu Adio, the Onisiwo urge the Area commander to ensure the security of lives and property as some of his subjects threatened are still having properties in areas there exist traditional tussles.
Traditional Rulers present include the Onisiwo, Oba Musiliu Adio, onilado of ilado ofori of ibeshe and Bale of Irede.
Meanwhile contacts of Divisional Police under the area command Division and charge room was reeled out to further ensure a prompt response.
The charge room number for Area L command 08138356680, Takwa-Bay charge room 07019014485 DPO,08037767828, ilashe DPO 07018231369, OsoluDPO,07063892179 DPOIbeshe 08038543098, igbologun charge room, 08122701715,DPO 07039740605, ilado DPO08093285728