Crime Reporters Association of Nigeria (CRAN) on Thursday expressed optimism in the abilities of top security authorities and officials in proffering solutions to the management of COVID-19 viz-a-viz security challenges in the country.
Mr Sunday Odita, president of the association, expressed this confidence during the 29th edition of the CRAN lecture and annual awards with theme: “Managing COVID-19 RELATED SECURITY CHALLENGES” which held in Sheraton Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos State.
Odita said that CRAN’s annually held event was the only private sector initiated event where top security chiefs in all the law enforcement agencies were brought under one roof to share ideas.
“Over the years, our lectures have focused on relevant issues that called for expert discussion and recommendations.
“Deliberations arising from such discussions have gone a long way in helping security communities in finding solutions to the perceived challenges,” he said.
The president said that CRAN’s 2020 lecture and awards theme which focuses on managing the pandemics related security challenges was delivered by a former Assistant Director, Department of State Services (DSS) Mr Dennis Amachree.
“He is an icon in the security corridor whose pedigree as a former top brass in the nation’s secret service is second to none”
“There is no doubt he will do justice to the topic”
“We hope the communique released at the end of our delibration will certainly assist securities agencies in their roles as we continue to expect an end to the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said.
Odita said that CRAN’s annually held event was also a day set aside to honour dozens of Nigerians who have contributed in their modest ways to keep our lives and properties safe and secure.
“Some of them in spite of their selfless commitment to a crime free society may never have had the opportunity of being celebrated by any group if not for the diligent effort of CRAN.
“Among those to be honoured are gallant policemen and women who have distinguished themselves in character and service,” he said.
The president specially recognised an exceptional retired Commissioner of Police, CP Frank Odita, who urged journalists on crime beat to come together and form the body called CRAN today.
“CRAN is a group of journalists from various print, electronic and online media mandated by their organisations to cover crime, security, safety and allied events within the public and private security space.
“The Crime beat which covers activities in the Police, Immigration Service, Customs, Civil Defence Corp, NDLEA, NAPTIP, EFCC, DSS among other related agencies of government and private security sector is a branch of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ),” Odita said.
The president appreciated authorities of the public and private security outfits, banks, individuals and other stakeholders for supporting CRAN in different ways.
“We are exceptionally grateful to the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, Dr Bone Chinye, AIG Ahmed Iliyasu and his commissioner in charge of Lagos State Police Command, Hakeem Odumosu.
“We are grateful for everyone who has helped to ensure that today’s event is a success,” Odita said.
Some of the awardees in the ocassin chaired by Dr Bone Chinye Efoziem, CEO, Strict Guard Security are: Ahmed Iliyasu, Asst. Inspector General of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, Commissioner of Police, Chief Solomon Ogbonna Aguene, Doyen of Arts, Julian Wealth Igbudu, Superintendent of Police, Alhaji Hamisu Lawan, Anti-Narcotics Commander and SP Abdulfatia Abolarin Adigun, Crime Burster.
Others are Jimoh Abiola, Chief Superintendent Cadre, Dr Dolapo Ayokunle Fasawe, Trail Blazer in Public Health, Environmental Protection, Bolanle Basirat Ajao, Passionate Public Affairs Officer, CSP Oyinpreyebofa Frances, DPO Aswani among other awardees.