‘See the police as your friend’ — Lawyer

Nigerians have been charged to see men and officers of the Nigeria Police Force, NPF, as their friends and accord them all the respects and assistance they deserved and needed in the course of keeping the country safe and free from all forms of crime and banditry.

They were advised also to relate with the police civilly and see them as vital partners in curbing societal ills, instead of seeing them as a ‘combative force’.

Dishing out the advice, a lawyer and legal officer attached to the Force Criminal Investigation Department, ForceCID, Annex, Alagbon-Ikoyi, Lagos, during the Crime Reporters Association of Nigeria, CRAN, annual lecture/award ceremony, held recently at Sheraton Hotel and Towers Lagos, Morufu Animashaun, who was bestowed with the CRAN’s ‘Excellence Award In Police Legal Services’ also said, “it is when the police are encouraged that the society will experience peace and development, bye and large police is a friend of the society.”

On the nation’s state of Insecurity, Animashaun called on all Nigerians to support the police and other security agencies in their bid to protect the nation from miscreants and bandits.

According to him, “The security situation of the country is bad, no doubt, but the efforts of all law enforcement agencies should be commended in their bid to protect the nation in general.”

Animashaun who has been in Service for 20 years, also admitted that there are some bad eggs in the system, just like other sectors of the society. He however stated that there is an inbuilt effective mechanism in the police to address these recurrent issues.

In adding that the Inspector-General of Police, IGP, frowns at such acts of nonchalance and sanctions erring officers who are found wanting in the course of their duties, the lawyer posited that “I feel so delighted and fulfilled to be found worthy of such a prestigious award. It will motivate me to put in my best more. I also dedicate this award to Almighty Allah, who has been so faithful and compassionate with me, to my family, the IGP, DIG ForceCID Annex, AIG ForceCID and my colleagues in both police and Legal department, for always being there to give me the needed encouragements and supports.”

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