The Inspector-General of Police, Mr Sulaiman Abba, on Tuesday expressed the force commitment toward improving its performance on security of lives and property in the country.
Abba spoke in Lagos at the inauguration of the reconstructed Area `C’ Police Command’s building, which was burnt during army/police clash on Oct. 5, 2005.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the old building was housing both Surulere Police Division and the Area Command.
Represented by Mamman Tsafe, Deputy Inspector General of Police, Logistics and Supply Department, Abba commended the Lagos State Government for reconstructing the command.
He applauded Gov. Babatunde Fashola’s efforts on security, and said “the business of security has been effective with Fashola’’.
“If we have 10 Fasholas, the business of security will be more effective. Outside the country, all we see is a reflection of what Fashola has provided for the police in Lagos,’’ he said.
He said that the new building would indeed encourage the police to perform its constitutional duties diligently.
“This edifice is a challenge to the police officers and men to improve their level of performance,’’ he said.
Earlier, the Commissioner of Police in Lagos, Mr Kayode Aderanti, commended the state government for rebuilding the command, and assured the people of Lagos of police commitment to secure them.
“I thank the government for deeming it fit to provide an all inclusive police station like this for the police.
“We will make sure it is preserved through adequate maintenance and supervision.
“We assure the people of Lagos that the police are dedicated to securing Lagosians in this yuletide season.
“The police is committed to the safety and security of Lagosians as they go about their business,’’ Aderanti said.
Fashola, while Inaugurating the command, enjoined residents of the state to always support the police at all times as the force was doing its best in securing the state.
He said the command was doing its best in securing the state, noting that they needed to be appreciated by the people of Lagos.
“How many of you can endure staying out of your homes at nights and being bitten by mosquitoes.
“Do you know this police officers stay out late at nights for you to sleep in your houses with your two eyes closed?
“More should be given to law enforcements agencies because it is only in a secured environment business can strive,’’ Fashola said.