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The new Police Commissioner in Ogun State, Edgal Imohimi, on Tuesday has encouraged people of Ogun state to report any observed unprofessional conducts of officers and men of the Ogun state Police Command.
The CP who made this call while addressing newsmen in Eleweran, the Command’s Headquarters, disclosed that he has established “Citizens Complaints Reports Centre,” with dedicated series of hotlines the public could call any time to report observed unprofessional and misconducts of officers.
Imohimi assured that the upsurge in burglary cases in Abeokuta and its environs would be seriously tackled within a short time, blaming the occurrence to inadequate personnel on ground to effectively man residential areas and other strategic locations.
Promising to flush out police officers whose conduct and character were not only attracting opprobrium to the Command, but also standing in the way of rebranding the force for effective crimes prevention and combating in the state, the Commissioner promised that under his watch would adopt a philosophy of community policing and partnership that would ensure the police do not lose the trust and confidence of the public.
“We are aware that we have bad eggs amongst us: just like we have good ones, we have bad ones. So, we want to flush out bad ones out of the system. That is why I said that I am going to launch the Citizens Complaint Hot Center and I am happy to inform you that I have set it up. It is a center opened 24/7 so as to report the activities of my men.
“The purpose of this is to identify policemen and officers who don’t want to key into safety partnership. We need to create a society where crimes are brought to a tolerable level.
“This can only be made possible through a community driven security network. And I want to make it clear that actions will be taken against erring police officers whose conducts contravene our philosophy of community policing.
“If you see anyone who is misbehaving just call any of the numbers either in your local Egba dialect, English language, Hausa or Igbo language. I want to assure you that your complaint will be taken and actions will be carried out.
“I want to assure you that I will sanction any erring member of this force. Any policeman or woman who asks you for money before your matter is taken, just call the number. If your right is being infringed by police, just call any of the numbers,” he said.