Lagos Paramount ruler, Oba Rilwanu Akiolu, has called on the Federal Government to establish Police Mobile Force (PMF) and military barracks at Ishawo and other militants’ infested riverine communities in the state.
Akiolu made the call when the Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) in charge of ICT, Foluso Adebanjo, visited his palace at Iga-Iduganran in Isale-Eko.
Supporting the ongoing demolish of shanties by the state government, Akiolu said the PMF and military barracks should be established at all the waterfronts to guide against criminalities.
He urged the government to give the security agencies all needed logistics to execute their jobs, insisting that without finances, not much could be achieved.
“As I sit here, I get intelligence report from across the country. So, tell the IGP to liaise with other security agencies to establish a mobile base and military base at that Ishawo, Ikorodu axis. And all those shanties at all riverine areas around Lagos State should be demolished.
“Let the full arm of the law be meted on anyone arrested for a crime. Anyone who comes to you and say I asked that someone be released is lying. Tell them the Oba of Lagos is a disciplinarian and I do not condone criminality. Even if it’s my son that is arrested for committing a crime, he should be arrested and dealt with as the law prescribes.
“I have told the government on several occasions to give the police their dues and they will perform. The crops of officers you are training in all training institutions now; the conditions in which they are doing the trainings are nothing to write home about. I know what the IGP is experiencing. It didn’t start with him. Any day the government is prepared to have efficient policing, it should give not only the police but all other security agencies the logistics required to do the job.
“The Nigerian public too must corporate fully. Security is the responsibility of all Nigerians. The public must assist with useful information. Lagos State government is spending huge amount of money on security. The recently introduced Neighbourhood Watch is to complement the police. They are not to rival the police and we are here to monitor them to ensure that doesn’t happen. Nigerians should be able to acknowledge and appreciate the police for the good job they do.”