Community Policing: IGP, South-West govs meet in Lagos

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

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

NAN reports 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.

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

Speaking with journalists before the closed door meeting, Akeredolu said was time to deploy community policing because of the peculiarity of every state as was done 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 be honest with ourselves, all of us agree we are facing security challenges, the National Assembly, the President, nobody is happy with the way things are going.

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

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

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.

”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.

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 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 that the entire discharge their responsibility and their duties very well,” Sanwo-Olu said.

NAN reports that the stakeholders meeting on community policing in South West states was held behind closed doors. (NAN)

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