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Monarchs lament non-inclusion in government’s security structure

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Traditional rulers in Lagos State have decried government’s non-recognition of their role in supporting security agencies’ fight against insecurity and crime management in communities across the state as no government can function or guaranty safety without the involvement of traditional institutions in the different areas across the country.
   
They stated this yesterday during the traditional ruler’s special engagement with the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Zubairu Muazu on community policing organised by the Police Community Relations Committee and the Nigeria Policing Programme, held at Alausa, Ikeja.

Vice-Chairman, Lagos State Obas, and Chiefs, the Ayangburen of Ikorodu, Oba Kabiru Adewale Shotobi lamented that the role of traditional rulers on addressing insecurity and crime in Nigeria has been eroded by the government, as their roles are not enshrined in the country’s constitution. He said no government could formulate policy in combatting crimes in community with its policing project without partnering traditional institutions, noting that it won’t be successful.
   
Also expressing his grievances, the Oniworo of Iworo-Awori Kingdom, Oba Oladele Kosoko Ogundeyi II, lamented that government only visits and seeks the support of traditional rulers during the election, but neglect them in building a peaceful nation. Olusabe of Igbobi-Sabe, Yaba LCDA, Oba Owolabi Adeyemi Adeniyi, said the traditional institutions have been caged by the constitution of the country, which he said is the barrier limiting the eradication of crime in Nigeria.
   
Responding, Muazu said traditional rulers have a key role to play in crime and its prevention and directed all DPOs to give traditional rulers 80 percent of their time and support to help build a crime-free society.


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