17th August, 2010
The Lagos State chairman of Police Community Relations Committee (PCRC), Oba Momodu Asafa (MFR), the Onijanikin of Ijanikin, Lagos, South West Nigeria, has urged the Lagos State Government to help relocate Bode Thomas and Aguda Police stations to more conducive locations.
He stated this during a familiarisation visit to Area C PCRC, Surulere, which comprises eight divisions that include Aguda, Bode Thomas, Denton, Iponri, Orile Iganmu, Sabo, Surulere and Adekunle, Yaba.
The monarch was received by the PCRC Chairman ofÂ the command, Prince Sunny Yemi Adenowo and the Area Commander, Alhaji Bashir Abdullahi (ACP).
Adenowo thanked the state government for infrastructure development within the command, especially the reconstruction of Area â€˜Câ€™ Command Headquarters and the relocation of Denton Police Station.
He urged the government to extend such gesture to Orile Iganmu and Aguda Police stations, which he said, operate from rented apartments. He added that although the Rotary Club has donated land to build a befitting Aguda Police Station, land speculators are threatening to take over the land and urged government to intervene in this regard.
Adenowo said Area C PCRC enjoys a good working relationship with the Area Commander, DPOs and officers and that their combined efforts have reduced crime drastically in the area.
He commended the cooperation of the commandâ€™s PCRCs for their cooperation with the Area Commander and his officers, adding that the monarchâ€™s visit was part of the stateâ€™s PCRC programme to support the Nigeria Police with funding, welfare of officers and information to help curb crime rate.
Responding, Oba Asafa said efforts were on to make the proposed Lagos State PCRC secretariat a reality. He also advised the PCRCs to screen new members properly before issuing them identity cards.
Dr. Razak Folami, Chairman, Surulere Local Government Area, who also attended the meeting, promised to support the PCRC in the area of logistics to strengthen its efforts.