LAGOS – The Alagbado Joint Local Community Development Area (LCDA), Lagos State, said on Thursday that police response to its distress calls had helped reduced crime in the area.
The First Vice-Chairman of the area, Mr Foly Owolabi, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the response of the police at the Alagbado Divisional Headquarters had also contributed to a massive reduction in the smuggling of small arms.
Owolabi said that before now the community had been experiencing civil disturbances allegedly caused by hoodlums from neighbouring states.
“Since this man (Musa Alim) has been here as DPO, he has been fighting crime tooth and nail, day and night. Alagbado is a border town and most of the places are unguarded. [eap_ad_1] “But most times when we make calls to him when these hoodlums come in any community, and the report we are getting is that in five minutes the officers are there; in fact, we have never had it so good.
“We have just held a meeting with him last Saturday with religious leaders of the churches and mosques, and hotels and schools, so he is very proactive in handling the cases,’’ he said.
However, a resident of the area, Mr Peter Alabi, told NAN that a lot still needed to be done by the police to wipe out crime in the area.
“They are trying, but they still need to improve because we have situations of people transporting what looks like bags of rice and frozen livestock into the state, and then no proper checking is done to ascertain what they are carrying.
“For all we know, such people might be carrying dangerous weapons,’’ Alabi said.
A commercial motorcyclist, who pleaded anonymity, also commended the police, saying they were doing their best.
“At least apart from little mistakes, they have really brought sanity to the area. At least there is no more constant fighting and community clashes in the area again,’’ he said. (NAN)