COMMISSIONER of Police in Edo, State CP Lawan Jimeta, has advised the Nollywood industry and celebrities to positively help change the narrative, especially on youth mentorship.
Jimeta gave the charge in Benin, when he received Mr. Paul Obazele, national president, Legends of Nollywood in his office.
He decried the involvement of youths in crime, saying 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 to mentor youths in their localities positively as well as serving as role models to them.
Jimeta noted 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 crime.
He explained that one of such strategies was engaging stakeholders in various communities across the three senatorial districts of the state in town hall meetings.
He said the move was to partner with stakeholders to identify the challenges in the fight against crime and criminality towards finding possible ways to mitigate them.
Jimeta noted that criminals from other states had been found use Edo either as a transit route or destination for crime.
“But we have realised this and we are not resting on our oars in ensuring that the trend stops 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.