IGP Egbetokun Pledges Police Support for State Police Decision

The Inspector General of Police, Olukayode Egbetokun, affirmed the police force’s commitment to respecting the federal government’s decision on the creation of state police.
During a working visit to Lagos yesterday, Egbetokun, represented by Coordinating Deputy Inspector General of Police for the South-West, Abiodun Alabi, clarified the force’s position amidst diverse opinions on the matter.
Egbetokun advised officers to continue their duties as outlined by the Nigerian constitution, emphasizing discipline, respect for human rights, and professional conduct.
He cautioned against the misuse of firearms, stressing their responsible and lawful use. Highlighting the importance of mental and physical health, Egbetokun directed the officer in charge of Police Medical to conduct mental and psychological tests on Lagos State command personnel.
He also mentioned ongoing collaborations with consultants to provide suitable accommodation for officers, with plans to enable personnel to access their own homes soon.
The police chief warned against rivalry with other security agencies, noting that the Nigeria Police alone cannot ensure the nation’s security. On combating cultism, he urged officers to engage proactively with youths in their command areas to educate them about its dangers.
Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Adegoke Fayoade, welcomed the DIG and highlighted the success of collaborative crime prevention strategies which have significantly reduced crime rates in the state. He reassured the DIG that these efforts would continue to rid the state of criminal elements.
DIG Alabi’s visit to Lagos marked the beginning of his tour of the South-West states for on-the-spot assessment of all commands, as mandated by the IGP.
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