Community Policing: Operations Must Be Within The Law – APC Governors

Simon Lalong during the

 

As part of efforts to secure the nation, the All Progressive Congress (APC) Governors Forum on Friday said they are committed to community policing as long as the operation is within the ambit of the law.

The co-chairman of the forum and Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong, said the forum is not opposed to the South West Security Network known as Amotekun.

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He, however, insisted that all community policing efforts must be executed within the ambit of the Nigerian constitution.

“We don’t want a situation when you will start doing something and the Federal Government will say it is outside the law. Just like in the case of Amotekun.

“We are all agreed on the issue of community policing,” he said.

Lalong also urged Nigerians to unite in the fight against terrorism in order to fight insurgents who are trying to cause serious disaffection between Christian and Muslim faithful.

FG Willing To Fund Community Policing, Says Chief Of Air Staff

President Muhammadu Buhari attends a meeting with the service chiefs and others at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on January 17, 2020.

 

 

The Federal Government has declared its support for community policing and its willingness to fund it.

The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, stated this while briefing State House correspondents on Friday in Abuja.

Abubakar spoke to the reporters at the Presidential Villa shortly after President Muhammadu Buhari met with the service chiefs ahead of his trip to the United Kingdom.

He revealed that the National Security Council meeting reviewed the activities of the security agencies in the country.

The air force boss noted that after a critical evaluation of the various operations, the meeting was satisfied with the progress being made.

He highlighted some of the issues the meeting focused on, including banditry in some parts of the country.

Abubakar disclosed that the Nigerian Air Force has taken possession of two fighter helicopters, as part of the equipment the military and police were expecting.

He gave also gave an assurance that most of the other equipment still expected would be received by the end of February.

President Muhammadu Buhari attends a meeting with the service chiefs and others at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on January 17, 2020.

 

The Minister of Defence, Major General Bashir Magashi (rtd), led the Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin, and other services chiefs to the meeting.

Also present were the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai; Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar; and the Chief of Naval Staff, Ibok Ekwe Ibas.

Others included the Inspector General of Police, Mr Mohammed Adamu; and Director General of the Department of State Services (DSS), Mr Yusuf Bichi.

The meeting was also attended by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha.

Police To Implement Community Policing Strategy In 2020

 

The full implementation of the community policing strategy will see the light of day in 2020.

This is according to the Inspector-General of Police, Mr Mohammed Adamu, who made this known at the end of the year conference with Strategic Police Managers in Abuja on Monday.

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He added that asides the community policing, the police will ensure overall efficiency in capacity building, boost special operations and enhance operational base.

“It is in this regard that we outlined a Strategic Policing Plan which is predicated on the full adoption and integration of citizens-oriented, intelligence-led, and technology-driven policing practices.

“Improve the overall efficiency of the Force through capacity building in policing technology, intelligence, investigation, prosecution as well as crime prevention and control through a more robust visible policing architecture.

“Full implementation of the community policing strategy and the strengthening of other strategies with a view to aligning them to projected crimes and thereby, remaining ahead of criminal elements and sustaining the current gains we have recorded in our internal security management functions.

He also added the “boosting of special operations capacity.

“Enhancement of our logistics and operational base through a well-thought-out re-equipment plan that will lead to the acquisition of more operational assets to support our special operations, bridge operational gaps and strengthen the safer highway and safer city initiatives across the country.

“Training and Human capacity development, the improvement of the welfare of officers and enhancement of post-retirement conditions through the push for an improved Police Pension entitlement,” he concluded.

The IGP urged the police managers to continue to resist the urge to project narratives that tend to suit the interests of criminal elements, and report the progress being made in the anti-crime operations in a manner that will restore confidence in the citizens.”

IGP Restates Commitment Towards Community Policing

Police To Establish National Crime Analysis Centre, Warn Personnel Against Misconduct
A file photo of IGP, Mr Mohammed Adamu.

 

The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu has reiterated his determination to make community policing functional in the country.

Mr. Adamu stated this during a meeting with the Minister of Police Affairs, Mohammed Dangyadi, who was accompanied by the Permanent Secretary, Police Affairs Ministry, Director of Procurement and several other directors.

The IGP admitted during his welcome remarks that the dynamism of crime has put so much pressure on the Nigeria police force in recent times.

“Aside from the threat of terrorism, we are currently grappling with a series of high-profile crimes that constitute major threats to our national security. These include banditry, cattle rustling, kidnapping, armed robbery, cybercrime, small and light arms proliferation and sundry transnational crimes. The dynamics of crime in the country has over time become increasingly complex due largely to the impact of technology, global terrorism, socio-economic variables and other security situations within the African continent.

All these have combined to put pressure on the limited logistics, manpower and other operational assets of the Nigeria Police. Within this context and in order to effectively tackle the identified challenges, my vision is to evolve a Police Force that is rule of law guided, pro-active operationally, and one that will engage cutting-edge technology in all components of policing functions. In furtherance to this, upon my assumption of office, I undertook a comprehensive evaluation of the dynamics of crimes in the country viz-a-viz our human and logistical capacity, and concluded that the most potent strategy towards attaining our mandate given our current national realities, is one that is driven by the concept of community policing and guided by the virtues of returning policing to the citizens.”

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He added that the move will help to bridge some of the current gaps in effectively securing the nation.

“It is in cognizance of this fundamental reality that we resolved to adopt the Community Policing Model which involves the engagement of citizens in identifying and prioritizing prevalent communal security threats as they affect their localities and working together with the citizens towards developing and implementing solutions to the identified threats. In giving effect to this, our plan is to draw on the provisions of the Police Act in relation to the utilization of Special Constables who in this instance, will be engaged as Community Policing Officers (CPOs) under the coordination of the Nigeria Police towards evolving a community-focused policing system.

“The plan is that the Community Policing Officers shall be deployed to complement the local Police in law enforcement functions within their localities by performing low-risk and non-sensitive duties.”

Meanwhile, Mr. Dangadi asked the IGP to invent new strategies to address kidnapping, banditry and other forms of criminality across the country.

The minister added that Nigeria needs the service of the police force more than ever before, as the current spate of criminality is not only alarming but also shameful.

IGP Meets Northern Traditional Leaders, Unveils Plan To Implement Community Policing

IGP Meets Northern Traditional Leaders, Unveils Plan To Implement Community Policing
A file photo of acting IGP, Mr Mohammed Adamu.

 

The acting Inspector General of Police, Mr Mohammed Adamu, has revealed plans by the force to implement community policing.

He made the disclosure at a meeting of the Forum of Northern Traditional Rulers on Tuesday in Kaduna State where critical security issues were discussed.

He noted that the police have achieved major successes in addressing security and safety threats in recent times, especially since the launch of Operation Puff Adder.

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The police boss believes a citizen-centred and community policing approach will lead to more sustainable successes in the management of internal safety and security threat.

He explained that the Community Policing Model envisaged for the country would involve the establishment and utilisation of the Special Constables, as provided for in Section 50 (1) of the Police Act Cap P19 LFN 2004.

The IGP added that the Special Constables Model, mirrored after the Police Community Support Officers standard in the United Kingdom Policing Architecture, would be tailored to align with the existing traditional security structure in the northern part of the country.

The special constables, according to him, will be drawn from members of the community to serve as voluntary community police officers under the coordination of the police authorities.

Mr Adamu revealed that the new drive was in line with the “expressed desire and directives” of President Muhammadu Buhari.

He also called for the adoption of a potent crime management strategy to tackle banditry and other forms of crimes in the country.

According to the police boss, such a plan will be modelled on the concept of community policing in which policing functions are citizen-centred and community driven.

He highlighted the roles of traditional rulers as strategic actors within the community policing architecture.

The IGP also said the traditional institutional structure presents a unique framework which if properly engaged, can enhance the attainment of community policing practices and address communal threats in the most cost-effective and inclusive manner.

The meeting had in attendance the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha, and Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai.

Also present were the Minister of Defence, Brigadier General Mansur Dan Ali (rtd), the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar, as well as other top northern traditional rulers government officials.

The police boss later met with Governor El-Rufai at the Government House, where he announced the establishment of a new Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU) Base in Kaduna State.

He explained that this was aimed at providing additional manpower and firepower in the strengthened fight against criminal elements especially, along the Abuja-Kaduna Expressway.

In his response, the governor commended the police boss on the achievements of Operation Puff Adder.

He also promised to support the police in the establishment of the CTU Base and assist them in the acquisition of the needed modern crime-fighting technology to tackle crimes in the state.

IGP Launches Community Policing Guidelines

In a bid to stem the tide of criminal activities in the country, the Inspector General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris, has launched the community policing re-engagement strategic guidelines.

Mr Idris at the public launch in Abuja, appealed to Nigerians and sister security agencies to cooperate with the Nigeria Police Force in reducing crime to the barest minimum.

He expressed optimism that a proactive approach to policing and the active engagement of local communities will assist to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour in the country.

“The country is currently grappling with some security challenges evidenced in the escalation of violent conflicts and crimes. From herdsmen-farmers clashes, insurgency in North-East, resurgence of militancy in the Niger Delta and kidnapping for ransom, it is obvious that there is a need for a strategic policing approach,” the IGP said.

“So far, we have been successful to some extent in reducing these threats, but with the re-launch of this all-encompassing community policing strategy, we shall develop a better interactive relationship that will lead to improved support and cooperation from our various stakeholders.”

As part of the strategy, the IGP inaugurated a seven-man community policing management committee made up of professionals to work with the management team of the Nigeria police to oversee the initiative.

The committee is comprised of the CP Community Policing representing the IGP, Professor Olu Ogunsakin, Mrs Kemi Okenyodo, Lt. Col. U.F Abubakar, Representative of Ministry of Justice, Mrs Ovibiagele A. Efelomon, Mr Adeniran Akingbolahan.

Community policing was initially introduced in Nigeria on April 27, 2004, with the President at the time, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, launching the pilot phase in Enugu.

The pilot phase of the programme was aimed at establishing a clear departure from traditional policing, that was reactive and incident-based, to a problem-solving oriented policing that is proactive with the community as the cornerstone of policing objectives.

“It is on this premise that the Nigeria Police Force has made the decision to review and develop more inclusive strategic guidelines taking into consideration lessons learned from its pilot phase,” the IGP said.

FG To Unveil New Policy On Community Policing – Osinbajo

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Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has said that the Federal Government will soon unveil a new policy on community policing to check various forms of criminality in Nigeria.

The disclosure comes as the government’s war on crime and corruption struggles with various forms of institutional resistance.

The Acting President revealed this through the Special Adviser to the President on Political Affairs, Babafemi Ojudu, who represented him at the launch of a book on crime prevention and detection written by former Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Solomon Arase.

Transmuting 35 years of policing experience into an intellectual property, Arase noted that knowledge, more than sheer force, must define Nigeria policing to prevent crimes.

Speakers at the event including current and former security officials also called for implementable reforms in the Nigeria Police Force for enhanced law enforcement.

The event was attended by the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki; former Cross River State Governor, Donald Duke and the Chairman of Police Service Commission, Mike Okiro among other dignitaries.

Lagos State Govt. Recruits 5,700 Youths Into Safety Corps

safety-corpsThe Lagos state government has recruited about 5,700 youths under its Neighborhood Safety Corps initiative.

The development is coming as part of the government’s resolve to enhance community policing.

Speaking at the official launch of the Corps, the Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, said the move is another step towards enhancing security at the grassroots level in the state.

He stated that the Corps is expected to assist the police by providing useful intelligence information to them for crime prevention and to facilitate the arrest of perpetrators of crime.

The security outfit is infused with more young men and women trained and equipped with requisite knowledge and skills to complement the work of the police.

According to the governor, members of the Corps have been trained in areas such as: “mediating disputes and the art of negotiating for peaceful resolution, balancing communal interests in resolving disputes and proactive policing engagement instead of reactive policing”.

Meanwhile, the launch of the Corps also marks the commencement of the state whistle blowing scheme and the governor stated that “any valuable information given to the Corps, will attract handsome rewards from the state government”

“I therefore call on all Lagosians to join hands with us, to say a final ‘no’ to crime in our state,” Mr Ambode added.

800 Herdsmen Now In Custody Over Violent Attacks – Osinbajo

800 Herdsmen Now In Custody Over Violent Attacks – OsinbajoSecurity agencies in Nigeria have arrested about 800 suspected violent herdsmen across the country, according to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

Prof. Osinbajo made this disclosure in Houston, Texas in the US on Friday at a Townhall event where he interacted with US-based Nigerians who asked questions live at the event and also via the internet,

According to a statement issued by his spokesperson Mr. Laolu Akande in Houston, the Vice President fielded about 30 questions at the well-attended townhall event moderated by Mr. Rudolf Okonkwo of Sahara Reporters and Prof. Nimi Wariboko of Boston University.

Asked about the issue of Fulani herdsmen attacks in certain states across the country and what the Federal Government was doing to curb the problem, the Vice President said: “The President has given firm instructions to the security agencies to arrest not only herdsmen who are attacking communities anywhere in the country but anyone of them or anyone at all in possession of firearms.”

He added that “there are about 800 of suspected violent herdsmen in the country that are currently in custody.”

The Vice President however decried the slow pace of the criminal justice system which is affecting the prompt trial of such suspects.

Prof. Osinbajo reminded the audience however that the issue of killings by such violent herdsmen has been a perennial issue especially as grazing lands continue to disappear over the years and the cattle feed on people’s crops on the farmlands. He clarified that the matter just did not crop up when President Buhari assumed office.

Vice President Osinbajo then advised the audience against the tendency of interpreting the herdsmen issue as a religious issue, stressing that it is important for all Nigerians to refuse such divisive narratives and tendencies.

He reminded his audience that there has always been conflict between herdsmen and communities across the country and that people should disabuse the notion that the problem has just started because President Buhari, a Fulani is currently at the helm of affairs in the country.

Community Policing

Answering question on the need for community policing, the Vice President indicated that community policing via State Police is indeed a cardinal programme of the ruling APC. However the party agenda cannot be introduced until there is an amendment to the nation’s constitution.

He gave a scenario where a policeman from Bayelsa State for instance is working in Borno State where he cannot even speak the language or understand the culture of the people he is policing, noting that such is counterproductive.

The current situation where Police activities is controlled at the federal level sure has some limitations, he conceded, adding that the “the federal government is currently working to introduce community policing that would be in line with the constitution”.

Judges’ Arrest

Commenting on the recent arrest of judges in the country, Prof. Osinbajo told his Nigerian audience in Texas that impunity could be very dangerous in any sector and that the federal government is only exercising its executive function in attempting to check excesses.

He pointed out that the important thing is that due process is being followed as the judges were released about 24 hours after their arrest and once they had given their statements.

The Vice President also responded to a question on the state of the nation’s economy and attributed the current recession to the loss of about 60% of government revenue due to pipeline vandalism and endemic corruption in the system.

He, however, stated that getting back oil production is a sure way to get out of the recession and the federal government is working to sort it out.

Anti-Corruption

Answering question from the internet on when former President Goodluck Jonathan would be arrested, Osinbajo pointed out that the Buhari administration is not in the business of arresting just anyone anyhow.

He said all the Buhari administration does is to empower the security agencies and the anti-corruption agencies to do their jobs, without the administration trying to teleguide them.

He also added that the fight against corruption in the country is not fought on ethnic, hasty or premediated grounds.

According to him, “corruption is not an ethnic thing, there is an equal representation in the stealing as no one operates with his/her ethnic group alone, the culprits are in every case seen so far, united by greed to steal and not by ethnic or religious interest.”

He frowned at a situation where for instance as much as $15 billion has disappeared from the national coffers into private pockets, pointing out that no responsible government would wave that aside so as not to offend people.

Commenting on the declining fortunes of Nigeria in international sporting competitions occasioned by poor funding by the government, the Vice President said that a long-term solution to inadequate funding of sports is private sector involvement.

According to him, looking around countries that have excelled in international sporting competitions, the private sector in those countries are directly involved and that is exactly what should happen in Nigeria.

By the time companies and organizations take up sports sponsorship, he believes that the tide would change for good.

Nigerians from all walks of life in Houston, Texas and from other parts of the US attended the town hall meeting which was preceded by a Nigeria Infrastructure summit which showcased opportunities for foreign investors in Nigeria.

 

Police Nab Kidnap Suspect, Fake Lawyer In Oyo

Oyo PoliceThe Oyo State Police Command has appealed to members of the public to always monitor their wards and safeguard them from evil perpetrators.

The appeal was made by the Oyo State Commissioner of Police, Adeleye Oyebade, while parading a suspect who kidnapped his sister’s three-year-old child for a ransom of 200,000 Naira.

Mr Oyebade urged the state residents to be absolutely sure to take safety measures to avoid the abuse of their children as much as possible.

He added that prompt information led to the rescue of the baby alive, urging residents of the state to continue to trust the Police with more of such information.

The Commissioner wondered what could have happened to the rescued child if the Police had not been informed early enough.

He said that the onslaught against crime would be intensified, expressing confidence of better results as the community policing strategy has proven effective.

In his response, the 26-year-old kidnap suspect claimed that his friend, who was at large, masterminded the abduction. He confessed that he had kept the child for two days before he was arrested.

The Police also nabbed a 62-year-old man who said he once studied Law but tried fruitlessly three times to get admitted to the Nigerian Law School.

According to him, he determined to practice anyway and had appeared in court defending people on many occasions before luck ran out on him.

Police Arrest Suspected Osun Banks Robbers

police arrest Osun Bank robbersThe Osun State Police Command has arrested four suspected armed robbers who invaded three commercial banks in Ikirun town in the state.

Items recovered from the suspects include over seven million Naira cash, three AK 47 rifles, 124 ammunition, one assault rifle with 12 rounds of live ammunition and a vehicle.

‎The State Commissioner of Police, Kola Shodipo, said that the police were on the trail of other members of the syndicate at large and urged members of the public to report any suspicious movement.

Shodipo told reporters that the Armoured Personnel Carrier provided to the police by Governor Rauf Aregbesola assisted them in arresting the suspects.

While stating that the age of the suspects ranged between 21 and 26, the Commissioner of Police called for better community policing to engender unity between the police and the people to rid the society of criminals.

IGP Tasks Officers On Community Policing

IGP Tasks OfficersThe Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, has stressed the need for officers and men of the Nigerian Police Force to imbibe the culture of community policing in the country.

Mr Arase tasked the officers during his inspection tour to the Ekiti State Police Command on Friday.

The IGP confirmed that Nigerian security system remains one of the best in the world.

During the interactive session with the officers and men, he said that the welfare of inspectors, ranks and files remains priority .

After meeting with the officers and men at the Ekiti Police Command, Mr Arase also paid a courtesy visit to the State Governor, Ayo Fayose.

He appealed with the Governor for more security supports.

Governor Fayose, after commending the IGP for his good work in the force, also pledged his total supports for community policing in the state and in Nigeria at large.