Saturday, May 17, 2014 4:49 pm
Lagos – Gov. Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State on Saturday commended Lagosians residing on the Island for their vigilance in the discovery of the strange object that was suspected to be a bomb on Thursday.
Fashola gave the commendation through his Senior Special Adviser on Security, Maj. Babatunde Panox, while inaugurating the Nigeria Police Family Support Unit (FSU) at Adeniji-Adele on Lagos Island.
He said that such alertness was expected from all residents of the state.
Fashola urged the people not to relent in their effort in supporting the police and other security agencies with a view to making the state a safe place for all.
The governor commended Ford Foundation and Justice for All (J4A) for building the facility, stressing that such gesture would help to improve the services of the police.
Mr Monday Agbonika, the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of the Central Police Station, Adeniji-Adele, said that the FSU was built to handle domestic violence, sexual offences against minors and other juvenile cases.
According to him, the police in support of Ford Foundation and J4A decided to build such unit in the area because they have high record of such cases in the community.
The DPO said the trained officers and the station would serve as models to other stations nationwide.
“We, therefore, have a vision to be able to focus on the victims, so that the vulnerable section of our society will have a voice.
“We are relying greatly on partnership with some women groups, the Ministry of Youths, Sports and Social Development.
“We shall also partner with the judiciary, Office of the Attorney-General, Office of the Public Defender, Civil Society among others,” he said.
Regional representative of Ford Foundation in West Africa, Mr Innocent Chukwuma, said the reason they supported the project was to have true police reform and to encourage police officers.
The National Programme Manager of J4A, Dr Bob Arnot, said that that a similar facility would be built in Enugu and in some states in the north.
The Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, Mr Umar Manko, who was represented by ACP. Imohimi Edgal, said that the police had craved for such a facility.
He called on officers and men of the force to avail themselves of the services provided by the facility.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that a Toyota patrol vehicle was donated to the unit by the Ford Foundation. (NAN)