By Livinus Saint Kaio, Abuja
The Police Assistance Committee (PAC) has advocated the need for community policing strategy to address the current security challenges being faced by the country especially in the Northern part of Nigeria.
The body which was founded in 2002 according to its Director General, Prophet Martins Oni has been in the vanguard for the mobilization of its members at the grassroots to generate intelligence and information for combating and preventing crime in order to make Nigeria a safe abode for investment and peaceful co-existence.
At a one day security seminar held at Sheraton Hotels and Towers, Abuja by the Police Assistance Committee(PAC) in association with the Senate Committee on Police Affairs, Office of the Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) and other Security Agencies. Dr. martins Oni who doubles as a prophet stressed that the volatile security problems ravaging some parts of Nigeria can be minimized through the effective utilization and enhancement of community policing by all stakeholders .
He further stated that his organization which has members in all the states and local Governments in the country as well as trade Union bodies , market women and youth organizations has been in the fore front of campaign for community policing, since its activities are mainly at the grassroots level.
Commending the Federal Government, the State Security Service(SSS), the Armed Forces of the federal republic of Nigeria and the Nigeria Police for their joint efforts which led to significant reduction of all forms of criminality in Nigeria to the barest minimum, Dr. Oni also sued for better collaboration between his organization (PAC) and all arms of security agencies through improved working relationship to complement the job of policing Nigeria using information, intelligence generation and sharing as a major weapon of fighting crime. He therefore appealed to Philanthropists, Multi-nationals and wealthy Nigerians as well as government agencies to support the Police Assistance Committee (PAC) through sponsorship of its activities nationwide.