Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Airport police command promotes 23 officers …decries increasing rate of touting at Lagos airport




By: ZAINAB JUNAID

 Touting at airports, major setback to our operations -Salau

Commissioner of Police, Murtala Muhammed International Airport Police Command, Mr. Waheed Salau yesterday described the increasing rate of touts at the airport as a major challenge to the command.et back todecried the increasing growth of touts at the airport describing it as a  major challenge to the command.

Speaking during an official   decoration of twenty-three newly promoted officers of the command at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, Mr. Salau said that the police have always been keeping the touts away through effective operations.

He said "The major challenge we have here is the touts and we have always been keeping them abay because they see the airport as a pot of honey but we will continue to do our best to send them out of this place and we are actually sending them out"

The Airport Police Commissioner further appealed to the Federal Government to provide more technological equipment to combat crimes at the airport stressing that since the world has become a global village the command needs more technological advanced policemen to fight crimes.

Salau however cautioned the newly promoted officers to be more disciplined and dedicated to their duties adding that they should see their promotion as an avenue to work harder and serve their father land.

While enumerating the duties of the Police Command at the airport to include, protecting of passengers, keeping hoodlums at bay, prosecution of touts amongst others, Salau said that the command was doing everything possible to ensure safety at the airport.

According to him, "At the airport, we perform all Police duties, we protect the passengers who are travelling here and their luggage, we keep hoodlums away, we prosecute touts and other elements who come to the airport, we also control both human and vehicular movement, you can see that a lot of vehicles now past through the airports, we are also saddled with that responsibility"

When contacted one of the officers who was recently promoted from, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) to Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), Mr. Timothy Dosu said that he was grateful to God and the Inspector General of Police, Alhaji. Mohammed Abubakar as well as the Police Service Commission.

Dosu who is an Administration Officer in the Department of Operations said that he would contribute his best and make the commissioner, airport police command to be proud of him.

Also, an inspector who was promoted to Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), Mrs. Regina Imade in the Criminal Investigative Department (CID) said that she was happy over the promotion adding that the gesture would enable her to put in more efforts in carrying out her duties.

The high point of the event was the decoration of the twenty-three officers who were promoted from the ranks of Inspectors to Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) and from ASP to Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP).