By Ekemma UBA, Senior staff writer
IN continuation of his community Policing policy thrust of his administration, the Commissioner of Police Ag CP Imohimi Edgal has met with leaders of the various students union governments in all the tertiary institutions in Lagos State with a view to synergizing in the fight against cultism and other social vices on campuses across the state. Ag. CP Edgal, an apostle of community policing has held several town hall meetings with community leaders and stakeholders across the state moments on assumption of office in his quest to bring policing closer to the people. He is of the belief that the Police as an organization can not fight crimes all alone without the active collaboration of members of the immediate community. Addressing representatives of the various tertiary institutions in Lagos State at the MD. Abubakar conference hall at the Police Command Headquarters, Ikeja, Ag. CP Edgal said the students leaders by virtue of their positions in students governance were better placed to detect and report incidents of cultism and related vices on campuses adding, “Your presence here this afternoon is strategic in the sense that in your wisdom as various leaders of your union governments, you are in a position to fight the scourge of cultism that has eaten deep into the fabrics of the society. I have therefore, invited you to seek your support, partnerships and cooperation in the fight against cultism in our campuses. Our intension as leaders of Police in this state is to see that Lagos State is the safest state in Africa to live in and do businesses. Our policing plan is strategic and it bothers on community policing and safety partnerships. If successive Police leaderships have been operating without the involvement of the immediate members of the community, I stand here to say that can no longer be. The Police do not operate in isolation in the world over and here in Lagos State, the Police do not have all the requirements and logistics to police the state all alone and that is why since I came on board I have been meeting with stakeholders and community leaders and the information I have been getting have been instrumental to the success achieved so far even as ACP Operations.”
Continuing, Ag.CP Edgal said, “As parents and leaders in our respective capacities, posterity will judge harshly if we do not reverse the trend. The mere fact that most of you were instrumental to the reduction of cultism in your various institutions means that if you partner with the Police, the trend can be reversed.”
Responding, some of the students who expressed gratitude for the invitation informed that cultism on campuses especially, in Lagos State had nosedived tremendously however, blamed the prevalence on moral decadence, neglect of students by various state and local governments, lack of education and proper orientation, identity of the students membership of campuses and hunger. Corroborating the students, Dr. Asunsoye Johnson the Deputy Dean, Students Affairs, University of Lagos said it has become difficult if not impossible for cultism and cult-related activities to thrive in the University of Lagos any longer due largely to the fact that stringent measure of student identification had been emplace. He informed that as part of the measure to checkmating the resurgence of social vices in UNILAG, the management has introduced drug test for new intakes saying that any student who fails the drug test would be withdrawn forthwith irrespective of whether he or she had been issued with provisional admission letter. Aside this measure, the university Don further informed that security officers on campuses have been trained to screen students’ and visitors’ identity cards in addition to the numerous CCTV Cameras installed at strategic positions stressing that with all these in place, cultism has become a thing of the past in UNILAG even as he pledged cooperation with the Police.
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