by Tunde Ogunmola
The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Imohimi Edgar has indicated the State Command’s interest in partnering with the Lagos State Citizens’ Mediation Centre (CMC) to engender the prompt carriage of justice and the prosecution of suspects in the state.
Edgar, who disclosed this today during a courtesy visit by the Management of the Mediation Centre to the Force Headquarters, stated that the activities of the Centre is pivotal to that of the police, adding that most civil cases could easily be handled faster by referral to the Centres spread across the State while the Command focuses more on criminal matters.
According to him, “we are ready to partner with all stakeholders in order to make the State more secure and peaceful for residents and investors. We are deploying community policing while also incorporating informal policing and the inclusion of different socio-cultural groups in the State”.
He stated that many civil cases in the police records will be sent to the Citizens Mediation Centre for faster and more professional resolution.
The Commissioner further stated that all Police formations within the State will be directed to work with the CMC unit nearest to them, stressing that issues inimical to the peace and progress of the State will be nipped in the bud.
On her part, the Director of the CMC, Mrs. Oluwatoyin Odusanya congratulated the Commissioner on his promotion, while expressing the readiness of the Centre to collaborate with the Lagos state Police in ensuring a peaceful coexistence among residents in the State.
Odusanya explained that the maintenance of peace and order in any community starts with the peaceful and amicable resolution of disputes before they degenerate into violence.
She noted that going by the rising number of issues being brought to the Centre on a monthly basis which range between 4,000 to 5, 000, residents in Lagos State have come to embrace mediation because it is faster, less cumbersome and at no cost to parties.