#EndSARS: Lagos State Security Trust Fund Backs Reform Of Nigeria Police

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The Lagos State Government through the Lagos State Security Trust Fund (LSSTF) has said there is urgent need for police reform in the country, saying with a clear vision, prudent and efficient ways of applying meagre resources the country can achieve people orientated, diligent and successful policing.

The Executive Secretary/Chief Executive Officer of Lagos State Security Trust Fund, Dr. Abdurrazaq Balogun who stated this in a statement made available to journalists noted that the commitment of LSSTF as encapsulated in the success recorded with Rapid Response Squad (RRS) in Lagos is a prof that decent modern policing is possible in the country.

He said, ‘’ Lagos State Security Trust Fund (LSSTF) identifies with everyone demanding for the end of Police brutality and the reform of the Nigeria Police Force. We understand the challenges of the people and acknowledge your resilience and commitment.

‘’The Lagos State Government understands the strong connection between security and prosperity as there can be no meaningful development without security. Therefore, in 2007 after the review of the security architecture the Government identified the resource deficit of security agencies operating in the state as the main reason for their inefficiency, hence the creation of the Lagos State Security Trust Fund by a law of the Lagos State House of Assembly.

‘’The Fund is an interventionist agency with the mandate to mobilize resources for the improvement of the operational capacity of security agencies operating in Lagos to enable them carry out their statutory responsibilities. The LSSTF is not a security agency!’’

Balogun added that in the last 13 years the LSSTF has continued to solicit for voluntary donation in order to improve the operational equipment, logistics and training for security operatives in Lagos especially the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) of the Lagos State Police Command.

He added that, ‘’A clear success story of the Fund is the RRS which has enjoyed accolades from the public even during this period. It should be noted that the cerebral leadership of the Commander who does not tolerate misconduct of his men and the provision of equipment, logistics and training by the Fund is responsible for the RRS feat. It should be emphasized that the training of the operatives are in areas such as Etiquette, Professionalism, Crisis De-escalation and Crime management to mention a few.

‘’It is evident that the role the Fund has played over the years has enabled the efficient and sustainable operation of Policing in Lagos. Therefore, proper leadership, equipment, modern policing policies, especially training and retraining are required for the reformation of the Nigeria Police Force for better delivery of their statutory duties.’’

He added that,’’ while the Fund supports the review of the operations of the Police in line with the modern realities of today and to reflect the civil nature which is expected in a democratic dispensation, it is of the opinion that the issues of operational capacity and logistics (including good remuneration, welfare, medical evaluation, descent accommodation amongst other things) must also be addressed to improve the quality of the deliverables by the police.

‘’ It is in view of the above that the Fund continues to solicit for donations to provide better equipment, logistics and training for improved efficiency of the police and other security agencies in the Lagos state.’’

The full statement:

THE QUEST FOR THE NIGERIA POLICE FORCE REFORM: THE LSSTF EXPERIENCE

The Lagos State Security Trust Fund (LSSTF)

identifies with everyone demanding for the end of Police brutality and the reform of the Nigeria Police Force. We understand the challenges of the people, and acknowledge your resilience and commitment.

The Lagos State Government understands the strong connection between security and prosperity as there can be no meaningful development without security. Therefore, in 2007 after the review of the security architecture the Government identified the resource deficit of security agencies operating in the State as the main reason for their inefficiency, hence the creation of the Lagos State Security Trust Fund by a law of the Lagos State House of Assembly.

The Fund is an interventionist agency with the mandate to mobilize resources for the improvement of the operational capacity of security agencies operating in Lagos to enable them carry out their statutory responsibilities.

The LSSTF is not a security agency!

In the last 13 years the LSSTF has continued

to solicit for voluntary donation in order to improve the operational equipment, logistics and training for security operatives in Lagos especially the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) of the Lagos State Police Command.

A clear success story of the Fund is the RRS which has enjoyed accolades from the public even during this period. It should be noted that the cerebral leadership of the Commander who does not tolerate misconduct of his men and the provision of equipment, logistics and training by the Fund is responsible for the RRS feat. It should be emphasized that the training of the operatives are in areas such as Etiquette, Professionalism, Crisis De-escalation and Crime management to mention a few.

It is evident that the role the Fund has played over the years has enabled the efficient and sustainable operation of Policing in Lagos. Therefore, proper leadership, equipment, modern policing policies, especially training and retraining are required for the reformation

of the Nigeria Police Force for better delivery of their statutory duties.

While the Fund supports the review of the operations of the Police in line with the modern realities of today and to reflect the civil nature which is expected in a democratic dispensation, it is of the opinion that the issues of operational capacity and logistics (including

good remuneration, welfare, medical evaluation, descent accommodation amongst

other things) must also be addressed to improve the quality of the deliverables by the police.

The commitment of LSSTF has shown that with a clear vision, prudent and efficient ways of applying meager resources we can effect a better, people orientated, diligent and successful policing in Nigeria as encapsulated in the Rapid Response Squad (RRS).

It is in view of the above that the Fund continues to solicit for donations to provide better equipment, logistics and training for improved efficiency of the police and other security agencies in the Lagos state.

 In Lagos State Command

*news is mischievous*

The attention of the Lagos State Command has been drawn to a rumour making waves on the social media that some suspects of the disbanded SARS escaped from the cell at the Command Headquarters, Ikeja, Lagos State on Wednesday.

The Command perceives such rumour unfounded, mischievous and baseless. It is an attempt to cause fairs and panic in the minds of Lagosians, and distracting the command.

In line with the directive of the IGP, the State Criminal Investigation Department, Yaba, has taken over the disbanded SARS and other tactical units’ buildings in Ikeja and other satellite offices across the state, including the suspects.

Its pertinent to state that some of the suspects, who have been convicted, have undergone COVID-19 test which is a prerequisite to accepting them into correctional centres; but the command awaits their results before further actions. *The suspects in all the cases handled by the disbanded SARS are intact*

The Deputy Commissioner of Police, State CID, Panti, Yaba, DCP Yetunde Longe, has temporarily relocated to the disbanded SARS building at Ikeja for thorough supervision and accountability of the taking over process.

The Command therefore urges the general public to regard the news as a rumour, baseless and mischievous to suit the intention of the originator(s) as the command is committed to reforming the policing system and providing adequate security for all in the state.

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