The Inspector General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase, has proposed community driven policing as part of an alternative plan to effectively curb insecurity in Nigeria.
Mr Arase said that an effective community driven policing would also help tackle inadequate man power profile in the Nigeria Police Force.
Mr Arase made the proposal at the National Security Summit held in Abuja on Monday, with President Muhammadu Buhari, heads of security agencies and traditional rulers in attendance.
The Inspector General of Police said the dynamics of crime required that modern policing should be built on community vigilance and partnership.
It is often said that the police is your friend, but many communities in Nigeria may not agree with the saying and this has contributed to the choice of the theme of the Summit – “Community Partnership Approach to Internal Security and Crime Management”.
The Summit attracted traditional rulers, and other well-meaning Nigerians who have come together to join the Nigeria Police Force to find out how to tackle security issues in communities in Nigeria.
President Buhari was at the Summit as a special guest of honour and he agreed with Mr Arase’s proposal, saying that “no policing can successfully function without the support of the community”.
The President also identified youth empowerment as one of his administration’s approach to solving problems of insecurity in in Nigeria.
On his part, the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar III, on behalf of the traditional rulers emphasised the need to form a common front against insecurity.
The organisers of the summit believe that the forum will galvanise citizens support for the Nigeria Police Force and other security agents in furtherance of President Buhari’s renewed drive to address the current security challenges in Nigeria.
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