IGP Egbetokun Inaugurates Police Complaints Response Unit in Lagos

The Acting Inspector- General of police, Kayode Egbetokun Wednesday, inaugurated the first Complaints Response Units (CRU) in the Police Command Ikeja, Lagos.

Egbetokun said the purpose of the CRU was to create a conducive platform of interaction between the police and public, particularly on unprofessional conducts of the officers.

The unit will afford members of the public an opportunity to make complaints and seek redress as individuals and groups against police misconducts and human rights abuses.

Egbetokun, who commended the command for complying with his directive, pointed out that the directive was from Section 131 of the police Act of 2020, which gave power to the I-GP to establish such a unit in all states.

He noted that the CRU was not established to witch-hunt any police officer but to promote accountability in the police.

“It is going to enhance police-community collaboration and build confidence with members of the public,” he said.

He appealed to the public to supply the police with information, stressing that the police would also show transparency so as to get cooperation from the public.

“Officers who are going to man the CRU are going to be carefully selected, they are going to be officers with impeccable integrity.

“They will be trained and be given regular training, including opportunity for overseas training.

“If the police are able to deliver on their constitutional mandate, we will all benefit from it,” he said.

The Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, Mr Idowu Owohunwa, said that the command had taken the lead to establish the state CRU as a framework for promoting Police-Citizens’ accountability.

IGP’s visit will mark the commissioning of the Lagos State Complaint Response Unit, a project initiated and executed by the leadership of the Command in fulfilment of his police-citizens accountability charge.

The IGP, Sir, Lagos State presents distinctive security challenges on account of its demography and socio-economic interplays. In consequence, the internal security space in recent times, has been laced with the threats of cultism, armed robbery, kidnapping, murder and Sexual and Gender Based Violence.

"We are also constantly confronted with the challenge of dissecting and dealing with the thin line between the civil and criminal dynamics of land disputes which are also prevalent in the State. Also of routine concern is the traffic gridlock and the attendant occasional traffic robberies which are compounded by on-going road projects across the State including, in particular, the Lagos-Ibadan highway.

"The crime profile of the State is further accentuated by the prevalence of illegal firearms proliferation, and illicit drug abuse and trafficking. Sir, hardly does a day pass by without the ever vigilant operatives of the Command recovering weapons and illicit drugs of various descriptions at stop and search points, raids of black spots, and other operational engagements with all such recoveries linked to the perfection of crimes across the State.

“Their rights will be fully asserted, if their dignity is also violated or false and malicious information passed against them by misguided members of the public in the line of their official engagements.

“The establishment of the center is, from all intents and purposes, a fulfilment of statutory provisions that is intended to enhance police accountability and engender professional police service delivery, rather than witch – hunt or unduly malign our dutiful officers,” he said.

Owohunwa said the unit had applications for e-crime reporting, which enabled citizens to report crimes from the comfort of their homes or offices without necessarily coming physically to the police stations.

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