Police Campaign Against Cultism and Other Vices (POCACOV) has conferred the award of “International Ambassador” on Nigerian-born British Army Officer, Tai Fadipe-Davis.
Presenting the award to Fadipe-Davis in Enugu on Monday, the National Coordinator of POCACOV, CSP Ebere Amaraizu, said the gesture was meant to extend the frontiers of the group’s fight against cultism and substance abuse among youths beyond Nigeria.
Amaraizu also said the recognition was expected to motivate Fadipe-Davis to bring his experience to bear in POCACOV’s non-kinetic approach to crime prevention in the country.
He said the group hoped to tap from his wealth of experience and training in security to enhance its operations.
He said: “Fadipe-Davis is now an International Ambassador of POCACOV.
“We expect he would bring his international exposure and practice to bear in order to achieve the mandate of the police initiative.
“He would help to drive the message to further cut the supply chain and conveyor belt of cultism and other vices through popular participation, which encourages Mobilization, Participation, Partnership and Problem Solving.”
Responding, Fadipe-Davis commended the Nigeria Police for the initiative which, he said, would constantly be engaging with its publics and wider stakeholders in society.
He said he identified with POCACOV because its focus was similar to the community-based crime prevention measures found in advanced countries that emphasize crime prevention.
“POCACOV’s programme is fashioned in line with community-based crime prevention strategies found in the United Kingdom, where I serve.
“Thus, making POCACOV public-driven or community-driven is firstly a brilliant approach by the Nigeria Police.
“It will present the average law-abiding citizen the opportunity to participate as a policing stakeholder in such a manner to relate with, support and promote the activities of the Nigeria Police,” Fadipe-Davis said.
He promised to bring his wealth of experience and knowledge on board in order to help eradicate cultism, substance abuse and violence among youths in the country. (NAN)