As part of measures to reduce crime across Nigeria, the Nigeria Police has launched the ‘Eminent Persons and Stakeholders’ Forum in Osun State.
The police said security of lives and property must be taken as the business of every individual and not of security personnel alone.
The Assistant Inspector of Police in charge of Zone 11, Dan Bature, conducted the inauguration on Tuesday at the Police Headquarters in Osogbo, the Osun State capital in southwest Nigeria.
He stressed the need for a cordial relationship between the police and members of the society, saying it is imperative for the enhancement of security.
Highlighting the purpose of the forum, Mr Bature noted that new trends of crime were experienced across the country.
On his part, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Simian Adeoye, explained that the inauguration was in line with the directive of the Inspector General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris.
He advocated the support and cooperation of every stakeholder towards ensuring proactive and effective policing in the state.
Stakeholders at the event, Samson Adewole and DIG Adeoye Adedayo (rtd), urged the residents to see the security of lives and property as a collective responsibility.
The police have launched similar forum in different states, as a strategy to maintain peace and secure lives and property of residents of different communities.
Kwara State Police Command has inaugurated the Eminent Persons Forum in the state in southwest Nigeria.
The forum was held in compliance with the directive of the Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris, aimed at reducing crime across Nigeria.
Addressing the Eminent Persons Forum, the Kwara State Commissioner of Police, Olushola Amore, stressed the need to inaugurate the forum.
He said the directive was given by the Police boss, to carry various communities along in the fight against crime.
The Police Commissioner, who noted that fighting crime could not be solely the police business, called on the eminent persons which include the traditional rulers and politicians, to join hands with the police to rid the state of criminals.
He promised to carry everybody along in his community-oriented policing, in order to achieve a lasting peace in the state.
The Nigerian Police Force has launched an initiative called the ‘Eminent Persons Forum’ to complement the foremost Police Community Relations Council (PCRC) and community policing.
The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, said that the forum was a community policing aimed at combating crime and other related offences in Nigeria.
The Imo State Commissioner of Police, Taiwo Lakanu, led the maiden meeting of the Eminent Persons Forum in the state at the Imo State Traditional Rulers Council secretariat in Owerri, the capital of the state.
Mr Lakanu said that the initiative was one of the police leadership’s crime fighting strategy to ensure that the police force collaborate with opinion leaders from various communities.
He described the forum as a bridge between the police and members of the community by giving adequate information about criminal activities in their locality.
The Commission added that it would offer necessary partnership and support in solving crime related issues and enhance policed public relations.
The Chairman of the PCRC in Imo State, in southern Nigeria, Mr Chima Chinyere, said the initiative would no doubt, enhance effective community policing and effective crime control in the state.
Commending the initiative, the Chairman of the Imo State Council of Traditional Rulers, Mr Samuel Ohiri, pledged the support of the traditional rulers and members of the community and promised that they would partner with the Nigerian Police in providing adequate information in combating crime in the state.
Some other stakeholders who spoke at the meeting stressed that security of lives and property was the business of everybody in the community and should not be left in the hands of the police alone.