Community policing: Southeast governors disagree with IGP over implementation

Community policing: Southeast governors disagree with IGP over implementation

- The South-East Governors Forum has accused the IGP of reneging on its agreements of community policing templates in the zone

- Governor Umahi who is the forum's chairman said the recent communication from the IGP did not align with the initial agreement he had with the governors

- Umahi said though the zone is ready to enact relevant state security laws, it cannot do so until the community policing programme reflects the earlier agreement

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The South-East Governors Forum has accused the Inspector General of Police (IGP) of allegedly reneging on its agreements on practice and composition for the establishment of community policing in the zone.

The forum's chairman who is also Ebonyi state governor, Chief David Umahi, made the allegation at the end of its meeting in Enugu on Sunday, May 24.

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Umahi said that the recent communication from the IG, Mohammed Adamu, did not conform with the initial agreement reached with him during his visit to the zone, The Nation reports.

Community policing: Southeast governors disagree with IGP over implementation
Community policing: Southeast governors disagree with IGP over implementation
Source: UGC gathers that the southeast governors asked the IGP to revert to the initial agreement reached on Community Policing at Enugu.

”The forum agrees that all South East States House of Assembly should commence the process of enacting the state security laws in line with the South East Joint Security Programme.

”In the circumstance, we cannot begin implementation of it until the programme reflects our earlier agreement,” he said.

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Meanwhile, previously reported that the Nigeria Police Force disclosed that those who will be recruited for the community policing initiative will not be paid salaries.

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Those recruited into the initiative will be working on a volunteer basis and will be getting stipends, Frank Mba, police spokesman, said.

Mba added that only employed persons would be absorbed into the service.

The police spokesperson noted that the decision to pay the special constables stipends is to encourage the spirit of patriotism among Nigerians.

Mba said that the community policing initiative is not new, adding that it has just been abandoned for a very long time.

“The special constabulary is a voluntary service. They are not full-time police officers so they cannot be paid salary, but they would be paid allowances," he said.

Mba said anyone who is willing to join the community policing initiative must have a separate source of livelihood as it is just a volunteer service.

He added that member of any profession can volunteer for the complimentary police service, adding that it is a part-time job involving intelligence gathering, crowd control, etc.

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Mba, however, said it is welcome if any state governor decides to give the volunteers extra pay to serve as motivation.

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