The Sokoto State Commissioner of Police, CP Ibrahim Ka’oje, has inaugurated community policing advisory committees across the 23 local government areas of the state.
Inaugurating the committees in Bodinga and Wamakko local governments, CP Ka’oje expressed satisfaction on the level of preparedness and support by traditional institutions, religious leaders and communities.
He said community policing has come to stay, but urged all relevant stakeholders to put hands on deck to ensure smooth take off of the initiative.
He commended federal government under the leadership of President Muhammad Buhari for his efforts towards achieving sustainable peace in the country.
He also praised the Minister of Police Affairs, Muhammad Maigari Dingyadi, and the Inspector General of Police, Muhammad Adamu, for their support towards introducing the initiative that would help reduce different rates of crimes among communities in the country.
Aim of establishing the committee
Ka’oje said the purpose of establishing the committee was to ensure all relevant stakeholders were carried along in policing their communities for proper security of lives and properties in the country.
The CP expressed his gratitude to traditional and religious leaders in the state but urged them to continue to give maximum cooperation and support to the security agencies to reduce rate of crimes among communities.
Mr Ka’oje said the local government community Policing Advisory Committee was a reflection of the policy of present administration of the Force in the recruitment of special constable.
He added that the committee would coordinate and deal with community policing matters to ensure adequate security of lives and properties of people.
According to him, “this whole interventionist idea is aimed at bringing policing to the people and close perceived gap between the public and the Police”.
In his welcome address, the Sole Administrator of Bodinga local government, Alhaji Abdullahi Danchadi, applauded the Police for introducing the initiative which would bring people closer to security and contribute their quota in maintaining peace and order.
He said the council remains committed to assisting the Police in ensuring proper implementation of the community policing initiative especially in the area of recruitment and education.
The Sole Administrator said the committee would collaborate with all concerned stakeholders to recruit people of integrity in the policing programme.
Also in his remarks, the District Head of Bodinga, Alhaji Bello Abdulra’uf, assured the police commissioner of full support and understanding to achieve the set objectives of the programme.
He said all seven District Heads across the council will continue to enlighten the people to know the benefits of community policing initiative.
The Sole Administrator of Wamakko local government, Alhaji Bello Wamakko, assured the Police Commissioner of his council’s full commitment and support to continue to maintain sustainable peace among the communities.
He said his local government was ready to assist especially in the area of training and provision of logistics for effective services delivery.
Also in his remarks, the Chairman Police Community Relations Committee of Wamakko local government, Dr Bello Abubakar Wamakko, thanked President Muhammad Buhari for his efforts in ensuring security of lives and property in the country.
Dr Abubakar assured that the people of the area would continue to support security agencies towards achieving the initiative.