In a recent statement, the Acting Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Kayode Egbetokun, has outlined the strides being made by the police force to combat insecurity along major highways, with a particular focus on the Abuja-Kaduna Highway.
During his inaugural visit to the Lagos State Police Command on Wednesday, Egbetokun unveiled several initiatives, including the Complainants Response Unit (CRU), aimed at bolstering public trust and collaboration with law enforcement.
“We have been actively implementing measures to significantly reduce criminal activities and restore security to volatile regions since I assumed this role,” Egbetokun stated. Addressing concerns about the Abuja-Kaduna Road, he assured that actions had been taken to eliminate criminal elements that had been causing distress to motorists.
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Egbetokun went on to reveal plans for a Special Intervention Squad (SIS), which is expected to be operational in the selected pilot states in the near future. He emphasized the diligent efforts being made to ensure the success of this initiative.
The Acting Inspector-General also touched on police welfare, citing President Bola Tinubu’s commitment to enhancing the conditions of police officers and personnel.
When asked about the establishment of a robust forensic department for crime detection, Egbetokun outlined a step-by-step approach: “We are approaching these challenges methodically. Today, with the launch of the CRU, we’re fostering transparency within the police. This unit will not only facilitate public complaints but also strengthen police-community collaboration.”
He assured citizens that the CRU would be expanded to cover all states across the nation, starting with Lagos State, where the inauguration had just taken place. Egbetokun further noted that officers selected for CRU roles would possess impeccable integrity and dedication. They would be well-supported, including opportunities for overseas training when necessary.
During the event, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN) underscored the importance of respecting suspects’ rights and warned against the illegal detention and torture of individuals. Falana highlighted the legal consequences stipulated by the Police Act of 2020 for those engaging in such actions.
Offering reassurance, Falana pledged to provide free legal services to officers and personnel in need. He also revealed plans to establish CRU units in four different states.
In alignment with these efforts, Mr. Olumide Akpata, a former President of the Nigeria Bar Association and one of the architects of the Lagos CRU, committed to replicating similar units in Edo and Delta states.