With the need to stem the tide of cultism, drug abuse and gang war in Lagos, the State Commissioner of Police, CP Edgal Imohimi has launched the ‘Operation- Know- Your -Neighbour’ initiative to check evil trend.
Imohimi who launched the operation during a town hall meeting at the Area G Command, Ogba said people have taken the act of knowing ones neighbor for granted which is militating against the safety of the society.
In his words, “Community policing is based on partnership. It is the people that that know how their problem can be solved. I hear by call on everyone that we have decided to launch operation know your neighbours.
“We have long taking this act for granted as everyone wants to be on their own. We don’t want to know the person sitting or living beside us.
“This is however not possible as the next person’s act can easily influence yours. If you see something, say something and don’t keep quiet at your own detriment.” he said.
Speaking further on the need for the initiative, the State Police Boss disclosed that over 25 persons are presently in police custody for cult related crimes and several arms and ammunitions were recovered from them.
He maintained that Cultists are also members of the society and that since they do not mean well for the state, all hands must be on deck to put an end to their atrocities.
“It is high time all traditional, civil and every other groups that have influence on youths took issues of cultism and awareness very serious.
“You should dedicate time to talk about the evils of cultism during your gatherings or town hall meetings.
“Now i want you to warn your children that anyone arrested for cult related crimes will be diligently prosecuted.” he said.
Similarly, he urged residents not to allow drug peddlers hide in their neighbourhood as children in such neighbourhood stand the risk of been influenced negatively.
He advised, “We must take back our communities from drug peddlers. We know where they are, we can’t say we don’t.
“We should be able to share this information with the police and not let these hoodlums hibernate in our community to hide and sell drug to our children.”
“Members of the public must be vigilant as crime is dynamic in nature.”
He made reference to how a suspected armed robber had disguised as a mad man but later arrested in Ikeja.
He said he had also discovered that people find it hard to share information with the police as there is no trust the police.
He urged policemen to be more professional in discharging their duties as that will attract more respect for the institution.
He said, “Policemen should be warned that this fight against social vices does not exclude them. Policemen must be professional in their conduct.
” Members of the public are hereby advised to report any policeman being unprofessional or seen associating with cultists.”
In his final remark, Imohimi gave out the Citizens Complaint Hot Center (CCHC) numbers for members of the public to report any form of police misconduct.
The CCHC numbers are; 08067945296, 08063025274, 08063104759, 08113615350, 08113683079, 08096283148, 08096283173, 08089781657, 08126404930 and 08081426895.