The National Information Officer (NIO)of the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Lagos, Oluseyi Soremekun, has assured of the Centre’s continued collaboration with the police authorities, the civil society organisation and other key stakeholders for the success of the democratic process, especially the March 2015 general elections in Nigeria.
He gave this assurance while presiding over a roundtable dialogue between the Lagos State Police Command and the leadership of National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) from all the local government areas and development councils in Lagos State. The dialogue which centred on improving police and youth relationship for a violence-free elections in Nigeria, also had in attendance, representatives of NYCN affiliate organisations.
At the end of the parley, the Lagos State Command represented by the Police Public Relations Officer, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Ken Nwosu reiterated its commitment to maintenance of law and order and protection of lives and property during the elections and pledged to assist the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in ensuring violence-free elections in Lagos State.
He urged youth leaders to caution their members against any act that is capable of breaching public peace, insisting that the police would remain neutral in the discharge of their duties.
While acknowledging the efforts of the police in maintaining law and order in Lagos State, the leader of the youth delegation who is also the South-West Coordinator of the National Youth Council of Nigeria, Mr Kayode Odunuga, also called on the police to exercise restraints when dealing with youths during the elections.
In his contribution, the Executive Director of African Youth Initiative for Crime Prevention (AYICRIP), Mr Chris Ibe urged the youth and the police to seize the opportunity of the dialogue to foster a cordial relationship that would transcend the period of the elections.
A communique was drafted, adopted and issued at the end of the meeting.