Insecurity: South-South governors, IGP endorse community policing

Insecurity: South-South governors, IGP endorse community policing

- Governors in Nigeria's south-south region are trying to protect their territory

- Police authorities and the governors are of the opinion that adoption of community policing approach would help in checking security challenges

- The summit represented a significant redefining policing and security arrangements across the country

Governors in Nigeria's south-south region on Tuesday, November 26 endorsed the proposal by the Nigeria Police Force for community policing as a panacea for persisting security challenges in the country.

The governors declared the support for the initiative at a one-day south-south Nigeria Police Regional Security Summit in Asaba, with the theme: Strategic Partnership for Effective Community Policing in the South-South Zone.

Police authorities had said that after due consideration of current security threats, the adoption of community policing approach would help in checking the challenges.

In a communiqué at the end of the summit, participants, including the governors and the Inspector-General of Police, Mr Abubakar Adamu, said that the motive of community policing which hinged on integrating the grassroots into security management across the country was commendable.

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According to the participants, the summit represented a significant redefining policing and security arrangements across the country, adding that current challenges were and should be the concern of not just government, but every citizen.

Also in the communiqué signed by the IGP and representatives of the governments of Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross River, Delta, Edo and Rivers, and read by Gov. Okowa, the participants urged the IGP to design training pattern for vigilantes and neighbourhood watchers to bridge the personnel gap in the police force.

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According to them, the ad-hoc security operatives should be suitably equipped and funded and their operations should be subject to direct supervision and control by the police.

“Moreover, the IGP should take further proactive steps to facilitate an appropriate legal framework to enhance the operations of the vigilante groups and similar bodies,’’ the communiqué added.

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“They also urged state governments in the zone “to pursue job and wealth creation as a high priority as unemployment among youths is one of the disposing factors to criminality.’’

Governor Okowa had on Friday, November 22 said good investments may elude Nigeria unless insecurity was collectively and roundly tackled across the country.

The governor stated this while receiving the Prelate of Eternal Sacred Order of Cherubim and Seraphim, Baba Aladura David Bob-Manuel, who visited him in Asaba.

Governor Okowa opined that if insecurity persists, investors will not come Nigeria and it will not give room for job opportunities.

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