By Kolawole Olayinka, Abeokuta
The Registrar, Institute of Criminology and Strategic Studies, (ICSS), Dr Samuel Adekunle has said in order for crime rate to reduce drastically in the country, and achieve adequate policing, it requires the combined efforts of all citizenry to partner security personnels.
He stressed that fighting crime in the country remains a collective responsibility between the security personnel, and the citizenry, reiterating the need for well spirited Nigerians to provide information to law enforcement officers in order to nib criminal activities in the bud.
Speaking during the membership induction and fellowship investiture of the Ogun State commandant of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Hammed Abodurin in Abeokuta, Dr Adekunle solicited for a good relationship between the citizenry and the security personnels.
This, he said is the best way crime can be fought adding that useful information leads provided by the residents to the law enforcement agencies is in their own interest as it goes a long way to weed out the bad elements from society.
“Crime fighting is a collective effort so let us team up in the fight by pooling resources in this regard. Let’s not sit down in despair and cede any part of our community to criminals”, he emphasized.
He warned Nigerians not to ascribe crime to any region, tribe or religion but call for concerted efforts by all to make the society save for all.
He outlined the roles of the institute which has been contributing in engendering peace, stability, and development across Nigeria.
“We have been able to build a foundation of trust, and allow the security personnels to form a closer relationship with the community that will produce solid achievements.“Without trust between the security officers, the citizens and communities, effective crime reduction is practically impossible,” he said.
He noted that eliciting public support is vital to crime prevention called on all well-meaning Nigerians to respect community principles.
Speaking on why ICSS conferred the highest award on the Ogun state Commandant of NSCDC, Abodunrin, the registrar of the institute said his track record since he took over the mantle of leadership in the command has contributed greatly in reducing crime rate in the State.
“To buttress that point, when we came here this morning, we saw that some criminals are being paraded, this is to attest to the fact that our newly inducted fellow of the Institute has passion for the job and he is ready to ensure a crime-free society”
In his remarks, the newly inductee, Commandant Abodurin thanked the ICSS, saying that the citizens require effective and modern way of early detection of crimes.
He said the citizenry must be carried along with round-the-clock information from the neighborhood to the law enforcement agencies, which, according to him, was the overall goal of the institute.
He stressed that security was critical to peaceful co-existence and community development.
He noted that any security apparatus that does not involve people at the grassroots might not achieve its purpose and thanked the institute for different training