- Governors in the 36 states of the country have been urged to take responsibility for the insecurity in their states
- The call was made by the inspector general of Police during a meeting with lawmakers of the Senate
- According to the IGP, solving insecurity challenges cannot be left in the hands of security agencies alone
The inspector general of Police, Mohammed Adamu, on Wednesday, February 5, urged governors across the 36 states of Nigeria to take up responsibility if security residents in the states and their property.
Adamu after a meeting with lawmakers of the ninth Senate said those committing various crimes across the states in the country have their reasons.
Daily Trust reports that while briefing the senators on the concept and strategies for the proposed community policing said a lot of challenges in the states give way to criminal activities.
"If it is lack of employment, if it is lack of education or those issues that will require intervention by the government, the state governors should take responsibility, local government chairmen should take responsibility," Adamu said.
Noting that solving insecurity cannot be left in the hands of security agencies alone, the IGP said there are plans to take policing back to communities.
He also urged members and leaders of communities in Nigeria to help the Police in identifying crime.
According to them, when members of communities help the Police with relevant information, issues surrounding criminal activities solved within the shortest period of time.
In his reaction to the presentation by the IGP, the Senate president, Ahmad Lawan, urged the Police chief to finds ways of dealing with the rise of insecurity in the country.
“The police force must find a way to be more operationally proactive to protect the lives of the citizens," Lawan said.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the spokesperson for the Nigeria Police, Frank Mba, had said that individuals who would be recruited for community policing will be paid salaries.
Mba said those recruited into the initiative will be working on a volunteer basis and will be getting stipends.
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