Mavin signed artist and Nigeria Police Force youth ambassador Korede Bello recently hosted a conference themed ‘Police and the Media’ on, December 14, 2016 at the Nigeria Institute of Journalism situated at Ijaiye Road, Ikeja, Lagos. The conference was aimed at bridging the gap between the Nigerian Police Force and the media; in regards to communication, security and national responsibility.
Attendance at the conference ranged from students to socialites, personalities, members of the police force and practitioners, including on-air personality Tosyn Bucknor, TV anchor Mike Okwoche, Labi Olayori, Assistant Commissioner of Police Lanre Ogunlowo who represented the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Fatai Owoseni, CEO Mega Gas Service Amuwa Richard and Co-founder Red Media Africa, Chude Jideonwo.
Methods and approaches in building and promoting a progressive and meritorious relationship between the media, the police and society at large were discussed at the conference.
A panel was also held involving Tosyn Bucknor, ACP Lanre Ogunlowo, Amuwa Richard, Mike Okwoche, Chude Jideonwo and was moderated by Korede Bello; in which the societal responsibilities of both the media and the police force were identified and elaborated; inducing a debate to which the bubbly audience constantly applauded with glee.
Members of the audience also asked questions and narrated their various embittering experiences with the police. However, the Assistant Commissioner of Police Lanre Ogulowo assured the audience there are several disciplinary measures being taken to preclude and reprimand unscrupulous policemen and encouraged the public and the media to work hand in hand with police so as to attain a common goal.
ACP Lanre Ogunlowo further emphasized on the matters of national security, stressing on the responsibility of both the media and police force as watchdogs of the society – concluding this can be achieved by playing symbiotic roles as arms of the government.The conference marks the maiden edition of the forum; a Korede Bello initiative under his ambassadorship with the Nigerian Police Force.