The Governor of Niger State in North central Nigeria Abubakar Sani Bello has inaugurated a 15-man Community Policing Advisory Committee to check incessant insecurity bedevilling parts of the State.
The Governor, who presided over the inauguration in Minna, the State Capita, said the essence of the Committee is to have a robust system from the ward level.
“I believe that security controlled at the ward level will have a great impact with regards to the general security of the State. I am glad that this is happening now at a time we are faced with a lot of security challenges”, he said.
Alhaji Sani Bello who said the best place to combat crime is at the grassroots level, added that with the Committee in place, things will improve security-wise.
While emphasising the need for those to be recruited to have impeccable character, the Governor further lamented the infiltration of bad eggs into security outfits in the country thereby jeopardizing operations against criminal elements.
He gave the assurance that those selected as Committee members are people of proven integrity.
Speaking on behalf of the Inspector General of Police, IG Abubakar Adamu, DIG Lawal Shehu of the Force Headquarters, said the Police hierarchy in the country has already successfully implemented the long awaited community policing initiative that has been on the pipeline for a long time.
“The scheme is a collaboration with the Police, other security outfits and the community to fight crime, with a view bringing it to the barest minimal,” DIG Lawal Shehu said.
DIG Lawal Shehu, who also commended the Niger State Government for the prompt support accorded the Police Force to fight crime in the State, further urged the Niger State government to take the Community Policing Initiative as its baby and ensure that the aim of establishing the scheme is achieved.
The Niger State Commissioner of Police, CP Adamu Usman who is the Chairman of the Committee, also pointed out that the State Community Policing Advisory Committee is the highest regulatory body in the State ,noting that Community Policing is in partnership with communities in solving crime problems affecting them.
Source: Voice of Nigeria