Journalists, PMAN, others ‘kick against crime’

Aderanti, Former Lagos State commissioner of Police

Aderanti, Former Lagos State commissioner of Police

Sports could be used as a tool to fight crime in the country, the immediate past Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, kayode Aderanti, has said.

Speaking at the National Stadium Surulere during a novelty match tagged ‘Kick Against Crime’ between journalists on the crime beat and the combined team of Actors Guild Of Nigeria (AGN) and Performing Musicians Association Of Nigeria (PMAN), Aderanti said the fight against crime was a collective responsibility, which should not be left to the security agencies alone.

“Everybody should join hands in the war against crime does not mean that people should carry arms and start chasing criminals up and down. It means civilians should give out useful information that will assist the Police and other sister agencies to kick out crime, especially armed robbery, kidnapping and piracy in the society,” he said.

The commissioner, who was represented by the Divisional Police Officer (DPO), Bode Thomas Police Station, Mr. Akin Adamu, lauded PMAN/AGN and journalists for their initiative in preaching against crime and criminality through soccer.   “I want to advise other corporate organizations to emulate the good gesture of Journalists and AGN/PMAN in the fight against crime.

With this Novelty match, the Police are encouraged to do more in their fight against crime and piracy. We are going to fish out criminals, especially armed robbers, kidnappers and pirates wherever they are hiding. We will not wait until they strike.”

While handing over the trophy to journalists, who beat the artistes through a penalty shoot out, Aderanti said: “I am handing over the trophy to journalists, who won the bloodless war but I want them to see every participant as a victor. We are all winners, including the spectators.”

Representative of journalists, Mr. Christopher Oji, the Captain of his team who received the trophy said: “The essence of the football match is to preach to our teeming population, especially the youths that crime does not pay.

You may succeed in crime but in a short while nemesis will catch up with the criminal. The consequences of crime are so devastating as it may have been too late for the criminal and regret will be the reward. We have kicked out crime in Lagos, so we don’t want it again.

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