Fight against crime: Edo CP tasks Nollywood, celebrities on youths mentorship


By Deborah Coker

March 15, 2020

Fight against crime: Edo CP tasks Nollywood, celebrities on youths mentorship

CP Lawan Jimeta of Edo with Nollywood Actor and President, Legends of Nollywood, Paul Obazele in his office on Thursday, when the later paid him a courtesy visit.

Benin, March 12, 2020 Commissioner for Police in Edo, CP Lawan Jimeta, has advised the Nollywood industry and celebrities to positively help change the narrative, especially on youths mentorship in the country.

Jimeta gave the charge on Thursday in Benin, when he received Mr Paul Obazele, National President, Legends of Nollywood on a courtesy visit.

He decried the involvement of youths in crime in the state, saying that the narrative needed to be changed to make them more productive to themselves and the society.

He explained that one of such ways was for the Nollywood industry as well as celebrities in the country to mentor youths in their localities positively as well as serve as role models to them.

The CP added that the fight against crime and criminality should not be left to security agencies alone, hence the command was adopting new strategies in combating the menace in the state.

He explained that one of such strategies being adopted by the command was engaging stakeholders in the various communities across the three senatorial districts of the state in town hall meetings.

He said the move was to partner with the stakeholders to identify the challenges in the fight against crime and criminality and finding possible ways to mitigate them.

Jimeta noted that criminals from other states had been discovered to always transit in Edo either using it as transit route or destination for crime.

“But we have realised this and we are not resting on our oars in ensuring that the trend stop and criminals avoid the state like a plague.

“So, we have put several and new strategies in place to achieve this and I can tell you without contradictions that the strategies are yielding results with the number of criminals being arrested on daily basis,” Jimeta said.

Earlier, Obazele commended the CP on his achievements in the fight against crime and criminality in the short period of his assumption of office in the state as CP.

He described the state as a volatile state, saying only a level headed and tactical officer like the CP could hold sway to achieve the desired result.

He urged the CP not to relent on his oars and to constantly interface with communities in the state to enable him be abreast with security challenges in the state.

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