Sunday, April 18, 2021

IGP, South-West governors in closed-door meeting over community policing


Rayyan Alhassan
Rayyan Alhassan
Rayyan Alhassan is a 30-year-old graduate of Journalism and Mass Communication at Sikkim Manipal University, Ghana. He is the acting Managing Editor at the Daily Nigerian newspaper, a position he has held for the past 3 years. He can be reached via [email protected], or, or @Rayyan88 on Twitter.
tiamin rice

A crucial meeting of state governors in the South-West, state police commissioners and the Inspector-General of Police on community policing took place on Thursday at Lagos House, Ikeja.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the meeting, which was hosted by Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu was attended by Chairman of South-West Governors’ Forum, Rotimi Akeredolu and Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu.

NAN reports that the governors of Oyo, Ogun, Osun and Ekiti states were represented at the closed door meeting by their deputies – Rauf Olaniyan, Noimot Oyedele, Benedict Alabi and Bisi Egbeyemi – respectively.

READ  Ex-IGP Abubakar denies pulling out of Zamfara security committee, disowns audio clip

Also present were all the commissioners of police and heads of other security outfits in the six South-West states, Attorney-Generals and Commissioners for Justice, traditional rulers and Community Development Committee representatives.

READ  Synagogue building collapse: Court fixes April 24 for adoption of final written addresses

Speaking with journalists before the closed door meeting, Akeredolu said it was time to deploy community policing because of the peculiarity of every state as it was done in advanced countries.

According to him, there is need to embrace community policing because of numerous security challenges which have overstretched the conventional police.

”This is something of great importance to all of us, something we cannot pretend about, we must be honest with ourselves, all of us agree that we are facing security challenges, the National Assembly, the President, nobody is happy with the way things are going.

READ  Senate committee storms INEC’s Lagos office, appraises preparedness for 2019 elections

READ ALSO: Nigeria takes delivery of fighter helicopters – Chief of Air Staff

”We must have a rethink about central police, there is too much on the I-G’s table,” Mr Akeredolu said.

Also speaking, the Inspector General of Police said that policing had to come from the public and not just from the police.

Mr Adamu commended Lagos State Government for the structure put in place in policing the residents and urged other states in the region to emulate Lagos.

READ  Senate committee storms INEC’s Lagos office, appraises preparedness for 2019 elections

”We don’t want everything to be taken to the police to handle, there are issues the Oba in the community can handle,” he said.

READ  Passenger train derails at Agege in Lagos

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, said he was happy that the conversation around community policing started from Lagos and the South-West.

”We are indeed happy that the inspector-General of police deemed it fit that all of the conversation around community policing need to start in Lagos and in South-West.

”We assure the entire Nigerian Police formation that Lagos State government will continue to give cooperation that is needed to ensure that the entire police force discharge their responsibility and their duties very well,” Mr Sanwo-Olu said.

Related News


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here
READ  Job Creation: We’ll build innovation, technology centres across Lagos – Gov. Sanwo-Olu

Latest News