Ambode promises to reward whistleblowers on crimes

Chairman, Board of Neighbourhood Safety Corps (LNSC), Deputy
Inspector-General of Police, Israel Ajao (rtd) (left); Lagos State
Deputy Governor, Oluranti Adebule; the governor, Akinwunmi Ambode;
Speaker, House of Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa and Commissioner for Special
Duties & Inter-Governmental Relations, Oluseye Oladejo, during the
inauguration of LNSC at the Agege Mini Stadium, Lagos… yesterday.

Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has said that whistleblowers
who provide the state government with useful information on criminals
and crimes would be handsomely rewarded.

Speaking at the launch of the Lagos Neighbourhood Safety Corps
(LNSC), Ambode said that more than ever before, the state government was
committed to stamping out crimes in the state, which is why the safety
corps was launched.

According to him, with the state’s huge population and unique
challenges, the police need support to complement their efforts,
especially in areas of community policing.

He commended the police for being very supportive in the fight against crimes.

He said: “On August 15, 2016, I assented to the law that created the
Neighbourhood Safety Corps. The corps is designed to provide a second
layer of policing in order to ensure our state and communities are more
secure.

“Let me, however, make it abundantly clear that the Neighbourhood
Safety Corps is not in any way in competition with the regular Police
Force.“In actual fact, they are expected to assist and complement the
police by providing useful intelligence for crime prevention and to
facilitate the arrest of perpetrators of criminal activities in our
communities.

“In realisation of the fact that nothing can be more important in law
enforcement than educating those who enforce it, this crop of elite’
corps have been trained and equipped with the requisite knowledge and
skills to complement the good work of the Nigerian police. In addition
to the induction on orthodox community policing techniques, the corps
have been trained in the following skills: mediating disputes and the
art of negotiating for peaceful resolution, balancing communal interest
in resolving disputes and proactive policing engagement instead of
reactive policing.”

Besides, the governor said that a bill to regulate employment of
domestic workers and security guards would be sent to the House of
Assembly to enhance security in the state.

Meanwhile, Lagos State Government has said that from April 8 to May
27, 2017, it would host 50 days non-stop activities to mark Lagos at
50.Speaking yesterday at a world press conference, Co-chairman, Habib
Fashiro and the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Steve
Ayorinde, jointly said that the activities lined up are both to
celebrate Lagos for what it has achieved and would achieve, as well as
those who have contributed to what the state has become.

Ayorinde said that though the activities had been on for about a year
now, the next 50 days would be to raise the momentum of the
celebration.Fashiro said that the activities would end with a special
anniversary gala night at the Presidential Lodge in Marina.

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