…as southwest governors, traditional rulers back initiative
By Bode Akinbode, Ibadan
The federal government is set to recruit about 40,000 community police personnel nationwide to complement the efforts of Nigerian police force in the fight against increasing spate of crime in the country.
The Inspector General of Police, Mr Abubakar Adamu stated this today at a Southwest Geopolitical Zone Security Summit held in Ibadan.
Adamu who reiterated that with the new arrangement, 50 community police officers will be recruited in each of the 774 local governments area across the federation adding that 1300 professionals bodies which will cut across the academia, road transport union, artisans, trade associations, religious bodies, women union and youth organizations among others in other to have diverse representation .
According to him, the launch of the community policing strategy will also strengthen the operation Puff Adder that has already been put in place by the police force.
He, however, appealed to the Nigerian populace to avoid ethnic coloration to crime committed in any part of the country, appealing to traditional rulers to key into the arrangement being proffered.
In a communique read by the host governor, Engr Seyi Makinde, the south west governors have made commitment towards provision of more serviceable patrol vehicles in support of crime-fighting which shall be launched in no distance future to complement the available fleet.
The communique stated further that the traditional rulers have agreed to join hands with the police to take the ongoing fight against perennial crime to the doorsteps of the criminals.
The summit had in attendance the traditional rulers , service chiefs and heads of security operatives, Yoruba leaders ,representative of the Igbo community, Miyeti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria among others.