IG explains different forms of policing in Nigeria
The Inspector General of Police (I-G), Abubakar Adamu says community policing initiative will complement Nigeria police efforts in combating crimes and issues bothering on the activities of bandits, terrorists, kidnappers and militants.
Adamu said this shortly after the submission of report by the committee on the Implementation Strategies on Strengthening Internal Security Framework and Community Policing in Nigeria on Friday, September 13, in Abuja.
The police boss said strategies have been put in place towards implementing the community policing initiative to complement Nigeria Police efforts in combating crimes. News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the community policing committee was inaugurated by the Federal Government on May 7 and given two months to complete its assignment.
The committee was to study and analyse the findings, recommendations and implementation strategies of the Presidential Parley Report by the Senior Executive Course, 4, 2018 of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPPS), Kuru, in Jos. The committee was also tasked with responsibility to come up with policy statement for the consideration by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Giving further explanation on the initiative, I-G said the whole responsibility of the initiative would be on the state governments. “State police and community police are not the same. “State police requires state governments to creates, recruit train and manage the policing system separate from the federal, while community policing is engaging the community in every aspect of policing, taking policing initiative. “I mean the initiative should come from the community rather than from the police, that is the best solution as against state police because the advantages of community policing has outweigh the idea of state police.
The advantage of the recruiting people from the immediate community, Adamu explained was for proper identification of those who indulged in different criminal activities within such identified area.
He said that the structure would be decentralised to the lowest level for the community to be involved, while the system would be within the Nigeria police.