Nigerian government reaffirms its commitment to community policing

Rahila Lassa, Abuja

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The Nigerian Government has reaffirmed its commitment to the establishment of Community Policing in the country.

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Boss Mustapha said this when the Committee on Strengthening internal security framework and community policing, led by the Chairman and Permanent Secretary Special Services, Office of the Secretary to the Government of Nigeria,  Dr Amina Shamaki, submitted its report to the government in Abuja, Nigeria.

The SGF said establishing Community Policing has become necessary given the security challenges facing the country.

He said it is the desire of president Muhammadu Buhari to bring to end every form of security challenge bedevilling the country.

the present administration has prided  itself as having the political will to tackle the issues of insecurity occasioned by the activities of terrorists, kidnappers, bandits, militants which have remained serious threats to good governance, effective service delivery and overall economic development and wellbeing of Nigerians”.

” At the inauguration of the Committee, I apprised you of the expectations of the Government. I did mention that I expected members to patriotically study the Report of the Senior Executive Course (SEC) 40, 2018 of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru, the expressed opinion and recommendations in order to properly advise Government”. He said.

The SGF noted with confidence that the outcome of the recommendations would enthrone a paradigm shift that will focus on Community Policing, re-orientation of citizens and building a sustainable conflict resolution process that would assist in solving the perennial security challenges in the country.

Mr Mustapha also appreciated the efforts of the Committee members while assuring him of Government’s readiness to study the recommendations and Implementation Strategies in the report.

I am therefore, delighted to note that your work covered the issues of policy, institutional and legal frameworks as well as the underlying factors that impede the capacity of our security agencies to adequately contain the various manifestations of insecurity in our dear country”.

“I equally note that your work touched on the need to deploy appropriate technology in the fight against the various dimensions of criminality, the context of coordinating internal security architecture, capacity development and professionalism of security personnel, citizens’ involvement in internal security management as well as innovative funding mechanisms of security agencies and their operations and not the least, welfare of personnel”. He added.

For her part, the Chairman of the Committee, Dr Shamaki said that in order to ease the accomplishment of the assigned task, the Committee devolved into two Sub-Committees namely, Internal Security and Community Policing.

Members of the Sub-Committees held several meetings during which they brainstormed and critically studied the NIPSS Report with a view to developing actionable recommendations for strengthening internal security framework and for the implementation of Community Policing in the country”.

the Committee had  in the course of the assignment, worked assiduously, researched analysed and made comparative studies in order to propose the set of recommendations that will positively impact on all aspects of internal security in Nigeria”. She noted.

According to the Chairman, the  Committee has proposed innovative alternative funding mechanism to ensure the provision of infrastructure, equipping agencies with modern gadgets and weapons and for the welfare and well being of personnel.

” the Committee emphasised the deployment of technology particularly, for intelligence gathering, pre-empting incidences of crime and for resolving complex investigations”.

we highlighted the need for the Security Committees at the State and Local Government levels, to be made functional and the involvement of all strata of the society including the integration of the informal security outfits into the Community Policing Strategy”. Shamaki added.

Also present at event was the Inspector General of Police, Muhammad Adamu, who said that the development was a new dawn for the Nigeria Police Force.

community Policing is key to tackling crime and insecurity in the country “. The Police Boss said

Highlight of the event was the handing over of the Committee’s report by the Chairman to the Secretary to the Government of the Federation.

The Committee was inaugurated on Tuesday, 2nd May, 2019.

Ime Njoku