Lagos Neighbourhood Safety Agency (LNSA) Chairman, DIG Israel Ajao(rtd) has enjoined residents of Epe to give more information to operatives of the Neighbourhood Safety Corps to address the spate of kidnapping in the community.
Ajao made the request while delivering a keynote address at a one-day seminar for stakeholders in Epe Division held at Michael Otedola College of Primary Education (MOCOPED) Noforija, with the theme: “Neighbourhood Safety as a Strategy for Effective Crime Control in Lagos State”.
He stated that security as an important element in the development of a society must be the concern of everyone, saying that security operatives the world over operate based on information received from the public, hence the need for the residents to be prepared to help stem the spate of kidnapping by giving prompt and adequate information.
He disclosed that there have been several reports of kidnapping in Epe community but expressed optimism that the security challenge can be tackled if information about kidnappers is given to the Neighbourhood Safety Corps.
In his words, “we have a challenge of kidnapping in Agboyi-Ketu in this division (Epe Division). If there is information, it will not be hard to process the information and give to the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) so that the kidnappers can be apprehended.”
In his contribution during the programme, the traditional ruler of Noforija Kingdom, Oba Dominic Ogunlaja advised residents of Epe and its environs to cooperate with operatives of Lagos Neighbourhood Safety Corps (LNSC) to solve the security challenges in the area.
Oba Ogunlana appealed to residents to give adequate information to the security outfit and cautioned LNSC operatives to see themselves as the servants of the people and not as bosses.
“LNSC operatives are like managers and should not see themselves as bosses so that they can get information from the people”, the Oba advised.
According to him, if LNSC members cultivate a cordial relationship with members of the public, they will get adequate information needed to function effectively.
Representatives of Community Development Associations present at the event pledged their support for the LNSA, noting that cooperation with the agency will engender continuous protection of lives and property of residents in the area.
In his closing remarks, Executive Secretary of LNSA, Barrister Adegboyega Bajulaiye expressed his appreciation to the State governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode for making LNSC a reality and implored stakeholders to maintain the harmony that existed between all parties.
Present at the event were Oba Ayodele Kolawole (Uraka of Poka), Oba Mufutau Ogunukan (Adegbawojo of Odogbawojo) and Board Members as well as management staff of LNSA.