21st September, 2011
Lagosians and visitors to the Federal Anti-Robbery Squad, FSARS, Adeniji Adele Road, Lagos, have commended the new FSARS boss, Mr. Mark Idakwo, for his proactive security measures to curb crime in Lagos and its environs since he assumed duty few months ago.
Some of those who spoke with P.M.NEWS at Ajah, Oshodi, Idiroko, Seme and Ajilete in Ogun State on the efforts of the CP and his men, said they are satisfied with the proactive measures adopted by the new CP to nip criminal activities in the bud.
They described the CP as the best ever posted to the FSARS command, adding that he has brought sanity and due process to operations and investigation of cases to the satisfaction of complainants.
According to Mr. Afolabi Jimoh, a resident of Lekki Ajah, “the recent recovery in Ibadan, Oyo State, of a Toyota Camry car by the FSARS operatives, few hours after it was snatched from its owner at Ajah, Lagos, and the recent swift arrest of a man and his girlfriend at Oshodi who allegedly kidnapped their boss for ransom are is still fresh in our memory.
“We thank the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Hafiz Ringim and the Deputy Inspector General of Police, DIG â€˜Dâ€™ department for posting the new Commissioner of Police to the FSARS Command.
“All senior police officers should emulate the FSARS CP for his exemplary leadership quality,â€ he stated.
In his comment about the decent FSARS operations, Oluyomi Ajakaye, a resident of Oshodi, Lagos said: â€œWe are pleased with the arrest of the driver who allegedly connived with others to kidnap his boss and their arraignment in court.â€
We are also appealing to the police boss to provide a platform in Lagos through which aggrieved complainants whose robbery cases are not properly investigated could transfer the case to the FSARS as against the present cumbersome procedures where prospective complainants are told to write a petition to the DIG â€˜Dâ€™ department, Abuja, which is not easy.
When P.M.NEWS visited the FSARS to see the CP for comments on the public opinion about his command he was said to have travelled. A police source, however, told our reporter that since the new CP resumed duty, security and due process in operations have returned to the command.
“On assumption of duty, the new CP made it clear to all policemen that the primary functions of the FSARS command are anti-robbery matters and not settlement of land matters or personal scores. He took measures to instill discipline in the rank and files in order to ensure transparent service delivery, and we are happy working with him,” the source stated.