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Lagos has less than 30, 000 policemen, apply technology to bridge shortfall - Ambode

Lagos has less than 30, 000 policemen, apply technology to bridge shortfall - Ambode

Lagos Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, said the security challenges facing Nigeria are surmountable with the adoption of right strategies and strong synergy between security agencies and members of the public.

Ambode, represented by his Deputy, Idiat Adebule, made this known at a public lecture on security organised by the Nigeria Police Force in Lagos on Friday.

The public lecture had the theme “Providing Strategic Solutions to Emergent Security Challenges: The Essentials of Synergy Among Security Agencies and the Civil Populace’’.

Ambode said that the nature and sophistication of crime and criminal activities changes in direct proportion to human advancement.

According to him, developing effective solution to emerging security challenges should take into consideration the deployment of appropriate technology and strengthening bond with people through community policing.

“Although the issue of State Police has not gained the desired consensus, i believe that it is the panacea for effective policing that is community based.

”It is a common knowledge that the numerical strength of the Nigeria Police as at today falls short of the minimum requirement relative to our population.

”For instance, Lagos with a population of over 22 million, has less than 30, 000 police officers.

”This shortfall can be bridged to some extent with the deployment of appropriate technology and close relationship between the people and this police, ” he said.

Ambode commended the Police for their efforts in combating crime across the country, promising that the state government would continue to partner the force to ensure security of lives and property in Nigeria.

In his lecture, a Professor of Criminology, Etannibi Alemika, said partnership between the citizens and security agencies, especially the police, was a precondition for effective crime control and efficient criminal justice system.



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