Killing: FG Adopts Community Policing, Inaugurates Special Taskforce

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A week after acting inspector-general of police, Mohammed Adamu, said President Muhammadu Buhari has directed him to immediately commence the implementation of community policing strategy across the country, a committee on strengthening internal security framework and community policing in Nigeria, has been inaugurated.

The SGF said the 14-member committee, chaired by Permanent Secretary, Special Services Offices (SSO),   Dr. Amina Shamaki, is expected to complete the assignment and submit its report within two months.

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, who inaugurated the committee on Tuesday, recalled that President Buhari had tasked the senior Executive Course 40, 2018 of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic studies (NIPSS), Kuru to undertake a study of the rising insecurity in Nigeria.

According to him, the theme of the study was strengthening policing in Nigeria: Policing options and strategies, pointing out that  the scope of the study focused on ways of invigorating the internal security system and it covered the period from 1999 to 2018.

Mustapha said the report noted some factors militating against a comprehensive internal security framework and community policing in Nigeria.

The SGF listed the factors to include; poor policy linkages, multiplicity and poor implementation of policies, centralised control of the police force, weak monitoring and evaluation mechanisms.

Others are; poor application of technology and innovation, absence of integrated database to aid internal security management, poor budgetary allocation to the security sector as well as lack of confidence and trust in the country’s security agencies by the Nigerian public.

The committee’s terms of reference are: To study and analyze the findings; Recommendations and implementation strategies of the Presidential Parley Report by NIPPS and come up with policy statement for the consideration of Mr. President.

Mustapha noted that in the last one decade or thereabout, there has been strong agitations for government to introduce State police in the country.

He said  this similarly dominated discussions at the National Conference convened in 2014 by the last administration.

According to him” the agitations have not abated since the coming on board of this administration and not even the resources deployed into tackling the various hydra-headed security challenges in the country coupled with the high level of successes recorded by this Government so far, has  succeeded in dampening the agitations.

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“You are aware that some of the agitators do not predicate their arguments on empirical study.  Some are more reactionary than factual.

“You are equally, aware that this administration does not play to the gallery and thus, does not act based on mere calls with all shades of opinion.

“This administration therefore, prefers to address issues from the fundamental stand point. The recommendations of the report you are going to study, is a result of painstaking research, study and comparative analysis.

“The report was based on broader consensus and that is why government deems it necessary to prioritize the study of its recommendations for implementation,” he stated.

Other members of the committee are: Mrs. Beatrice Jeddy-Agb, Mrs. Odunbanjo Adebisi, Sanusi Galadim,Brig Gen JO Ochai and  Cdre J. N Mamman.

Others are ; Air Cdre AH Bakari,   AIG David O.Folawiyo, Jimat Bakare, CP Olayinka Balogun, Dr. E.O. Adeoye, Dr. Joseph Ochogwu, Professor Sani Abubakar Lugga, Dr. Nasirudeen Usman, and Tukur Yahaya, who will act as Secretary of the committee.

Chairman, of the committee, Shamaki, noted that the challenges of criminality has taken a serious toll on the socio-economic well-being of the nation.

She said: “Pointless to belabour the fact that our dear country has been plagued by atypical security challenges particularly, in the last decade.  Ranging from armed banditry, kidnapping, farmers/herders clashes, terrorism, communal clashes, armed robbery, piracy, illegal oil bunkering, child-trafficking, etc.

“All of these have very serious negative implications on not only the socio-economic and political activities in all its ramifications but, on peaceful coexistence and national unity.

“These challenges have dominated public discourse recently with different perceptions and divergent opinion.  In spite of the human and material resources Government and indeed, the Armed Forces and Security Agencies have deployed to tackle the different facets of the challenges, the challenges seem to exacerbate by the day.

“The inauguration of this Committee could therefore, not come at a more auspicious opportunity as we are confident that in this assignment, we will ultimately propose pragmatic strategies to strengthen internal security framework and the implementation of community policing.”

She assured that the Committee will approach the assignment with all the seriousness it requires and will work assiduously to justify the confidence reposed on them.

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