Police, LNSA Strengthen Collaboration To Enhance Security In Lagos
The Lagos State Neighbourhood Safety Agency (LNSA) and the Lagos State Command of the Nigeria Police have vowed to align with other law enforcement agencies in the State to present a common front against criminals and criminality.
The General Manager of LNSA, Prince (Dr.) Ifalade Oyekan disclosed this during the visit of the State Commissioner of Police, CP Idowu Owohunwa, to the Agency’s Headquarters, Bolade-Oshodi.
Oyekan commended the Commissioner of Police’s work ethic, which he described as exemplary, adding that the visitor has displayed a rare leadership quality as he is the first Commissioner of Police to visit the Agency in its history.
He said, “This is a motivation for us to work harder to sustain the tempo created via the directive of Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu to restructure the Agency”.
The General Manager said the Agency has been transformed from the status of just a street watcher to a formidable community protector by the present administration in Lagos through the provision of better welfare packages, the introduction of modern technology and other logistics to encourage the Agency and its Officers to deliver a safer and more secured Lagos.
“We are buoyed to do better by the encouragement we get from our hardworking Governor and this visit of our dear Commissioner, who is the first to do so in the history of the Lagos State Neighbourhood Safety Agency is sweet icing on the cake and we assure residents and visitors to Lagos State of better days in the area of safety and security”, Ifalade stated.
In his remarks, the CP Owohunwa applauded the Lagos State Government for the effort put into the establishment and operations of the LNSA, promising to direct his men and officers to work hand-in-hand with the Agency’s operatives in their respective jurisdictions.
The CP said he is enthralled by the uniqueness of the Lagos State Neighbourhood Safety Agency, noting that his visit is to further deepen the relationship between the Neighbourhood Agency and the Police, which has been built previously.
He also promised to ensure the creation of more areas of collaboration such as the formation of joint operation teams- including the formation of a Joint Civil Disorder Response Team, among others.
“I am excited to see an Agency in Nigeria replicating what security agencies abroad are doing. It takes a visionary leader with a vision to build a place like this”.
“We see ourselves as partners in progress and the intention here is to collaborate with all Law Enforcement Agencies in Lagos State towards creating and maintaining a joint front against criminals”, he said.
The CP, who was accompanied by the DC Operations, DCP Hayatu Shaffa, the PPRO, SP Benjamin Hundeyin and other top Officers of the Lagos State Command, was given a tour of the Agency.
He expressed satisfaction with the infusion of technology into community policing, especially the Neighbourhood Situation Room by the LNSA.