“I will deal with my men,” IGP Adamu tells Ambode during his recent visit to Lagos.
The Inspector General of Police, Adamu Mohammed, on Monday, paid a courtesy visit to the Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, following the recent extra-judicial killings that have occurred in the state in the past weeks.
The IGP, while speaking at the Lagos House in Alausa Ikeja, assured the governor that the policemen involved in the killings would be prosecuted for such act which, according to him, is against the ethics of the profession.
Adamu noted that records show the police officers in the state are performing well but the recent activities of the few bad ones are affecting the good work of others.
“I came to pay a courtesy visit to the Governor because I am in Lagos State to see the officers and men of the Nigerian Police. I came to talk to them on good behaviour and to remind them of ethics of the job. We are to serve members of the public; we are not their masters, we are their servants.
“The officers and men in Lagos State have been doing a lot of good job in fighting crime and they have been succeeding but the acts of few officers out of many in Lagos State are denting the good works that others have done.
“Recently, we have had some overzealous officers who went out of their way in the course of performing their duties; they shot a lady and she died and we felt that that is not acceptable, it is unbecoming and I had to come down to talk to officers and men to remind them of their duties and to tell them that anybody that goes out of his way to commit extra-judicial killings, such a person is on his own and he has to face the wrath of the law, and in this particular case, the officers that were involved have been arrested; they have been tried in our internal way of dealing with such issue and at the same time, they would be charged to court.
“I want to thank Governor Ambode for all his support to the members of the Nigerian Police in Lagos State. Without the support of the Governor, I think the successes we recorded in the State, would not have been possible. The Governor is the Chief Security Officer in the State and all his policies towards fighting crime have been implemented by the Nigerian Police Force and we felt this is the time to come and thank him,” Mohammed said
Ambode, in his remarks, commended IGP Adamu for his effort in visiting the state to address the extra-judicial killings that have taken a heavy toll on the state in the last few weeks.
“I want to commend the IG for this visit. Beyond the fact that this is a courtesy visit and like he has said, he is coming promptly to address the issue of extra-judicial killings that have actually taken place in the last few weeks.
“I empathize with the IG because last week, he was in Zamfara; today he is in Lagos and tomorrow he would be in other places. Policing Nigeria is a big challenge but again he is up to the task and we wish him well in his assignment,” Governor Ambode said.
The governor, in his address, also commended the police chiefs and top officers in the state.
He noted that it is on record they have contributed to the massive improvement in making the state a safe place in the last four years.