Vice-Chancellor of Caleb University, Imota, Lagos, Prof. Nosa Owens-Ibie, on saSaturd urged the new Commissioner of Police, Mr. Sylvester Akabi, to save the institution from land grabbers.
He spoke during a courtesy visit to the institution by the CP, following his appointment on January 24, 2022.
He urged the CP to strengthen security in the axis and stop encroachment by land speculators.
“We appreciate the presence of patrol vehicles along Ikorodu-Agbowa Road on stop and search duties to minimise crime in the area,” he said.
Responding, Alabi promised to provide adequate security around the area.
He said a police patrol team would be established along the highway in front of the university’s gate as demanded by the school authorities.
The CP said this would prevent undesirable elements and criminals from carrying out any attack on the university.
He said that the presence of police operatives in any location would deter criminals from committing any havoc.
He said: “Ordinarily, police usually do not establish such points around universities to prevent students from being afraid or creating unnecessary panic.
“But now that Caleb management has asked for it, it will be done.”
According to Alabi, the conduct of Caleb University students shows a sign of good leadership and mentorship from the school authority, as the police force has not heard any report of vices from the students.
Alabi, however, said that the issue of trespasses into lands belonging to the university by land grabbers and “omo onile” is not peculiar to Caleb University but a major problem, which will be dealt with holistically.
“Trespassing is a criminal act and when someone commits a crime, he or she should be arrested and the law enforced to deter others from doing the same thing,” he said.
The CP reassured the university and its community of his continuous support, partnership and engagement.
He charged residents of the state to partner with the police by giving the necessary support and information that would enable policemen carry out their duties.
Alabi urged police officers to conduct themselves in accordance with the rule of law when dealing with civilians.
He said: “I am an advocate of human rights and would expect that civilians should be treated as human beings that they are.
“Respect other people’s rights, don’t humiliate or harass them.
“You are paid to protect and not harass them.”