Obasa cautions Police over disgrace, intimidation and extortion of citizens.

On Wednesday, Lagos State House of Assembly Speaker Mudashiru Obasa warned the state’s police against harassing, intimidating, and extorting people, urging them to be respected.

When the lawmakers honored the outgoing Commissioner of Police, Mr. Hakeem Odumosu, who has been upgraded to the rank of Assistant Inspector-General of Police and is set to retire in January 2022, Obasa remarked this on the House floor.

Because he is deemed to have efficiently controlled the state’s security, Obasa said Odumosu was honoured as the first commissioner of police in the state to appear before the lawmakers in the sacred chamber and address Lagosians on his experience and challenges with policing Lagos.

According to a statement released on Wednesday, the Speaker congratulated Odumosu for his openness and responsiveness whenever concerns hurting the state’s peace arose.

“It is important to call on those behind you to know that the relationship between the police and the people need to be constantly improved upon,” Obasa said adding that men of the Nigeria Police Force needed to build more trust among the people and make the latter know they are truly being served.

“Everybody must be treated with respect, dignity and honour and that is how we can earn our respect. Policing should not be about harassment and extortion but building trust among the people and making them comfortable,” Obasa advised.

The Commissioner of Police thanked the MPs for their support as he led a squad of cops to the House.

Nothing could have been accomplished in terms of security and tranquility in the State, he claims, without the help of the House, led by Speaker Obasa.

Odumosu, who described Lagos as a mini-Nigeria, remarked that the Lagos Assembly’s proactiveness resulted in rules that have helped the state’s police remain effective.

He claims that the Cultism Prohibition Law has aided in the reduction of illegal organizations in the state’s higher institutions, as well as adequate enlightenment of property owners and citizens.

“We promise to continue to excel in providing water-tight security for the people of the state,” he told the lawmakers.

“Policing Lagos is not a tea party. Without the laws in Lagos, it would have been difficult to police the state. Don’t get tired, don’t relent in making the laws that would make Lagos state maintain its place as the most peaceful state in Nigeria,” he added.

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