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We’re fully ready for state police – Lagos–Attorney General

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We’re fully ready for state police – Lagos–Attorney General

Lagos State Attorney General, Lawal Pedro

Published By: Isa Isawade

The Lagos State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Lawal Pedro (SAN), says the state is fully ready for state police, only waiting for the whistle to be blown for a go-ahead.

Pedro made the statement in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on the sideline of the 10th Ramadan Lecture organised by Anwar-ul Islam Old Students Association (ACAOSA), on Saturday in Lagos.

The Senior Advocate of Nigeria said that he had been advocating for state police as far back as 2001, to improve state security.

“As far back as 2001, I have always maintained that the security of this country will be addressed by having state police or community police.

“We are talking about a police system that is indigenous to the people themselves.

“Lagos is overready for the state police. I can assure you that we have our own Lagos State Neighborhood Safety Corps already in place and fully kitted and ready with even body cameras.

“I think we are ready to go in Lagos. If any state is ready, I can confirm to you today from what Mr Governor – Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu – has done, Lagos State is ready.

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“Just give the whistle and you see our police officers on the road,” Pedro said.

Stressing the imperative of indigenous police in each state, the legal luminary said such police would have a better understanding of the environment, black spots and escape routes for criminals.

He said that federal police, who might not be conversant with the terrains of their postings, would not be able to do much like people who were native to the environment.

“The indigenous police will know in the community those who are bad boys and those who are not.

“Criminals will not be able to escape, and if they do, the indigenous police will know their hideouts and where they can be found.

“Now you come and bring a police officer from Kaduna to come and police Lagos Island, evil people will keep escaping,” Pedro explained.

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