Governors Of The South-East Agree On FGN's Community Policing However Attach Caveat
By Iwedi Ojinmah 7 days ago
One thing was made absolutely clear at the Southeast security summit organised by Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Adamu in Enugu.
The Governors of the South-East have revealed that they would not be part of any security arrangement that does not take into consideration the peculiar needs of the zone, stressing that the region would embrace the Federal Government’s community policing as an effective tool of protecting the communities.
According to the Chairman of the South-East Governors’ Forum, Dave Umahi, traditional rulers, community leaders and town union executives would be charged with the responsibility of selecting those who would serve in the community policing and make it effective.
He pledged that the governors of the zone would take full responsibility of providing security equipment and facilities for the community policing in their respective states, adding that they would work in synergy with the police in the region.
Piggybacking the comments of the Governor the President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo (below), decried the multiple checkpoints in the area and called for their reduction
He fumed sharing:
“The army and police officers now recruit little children who collect tolls from drivers for them while they are busy playing draft.”
He also appealed to the police hierarchy to re-examine its posting policies that had “ensured that Igbo officers are not allowed to head commands in the south East zone. Nwodo insisted that the practice had continued to create the impression that Igbo officers in the force were not good enough to be entrusted with such responsibilities.
Speaking on behalf of the religious leaders, Archbishop, Enugu Ecclesiastical Province, Most Revd. Emmanuel Chukwuma (below) spoke on the destruction and displacement created in the zone by marauding herdsmen brandishing AK47 rifles.
“They have continued to kidnap our priests; our farmlands are not safe anymore. They kill people in their homes and cause all manner of problems in the name of cow rearing. We are no longer comfortable with the development and we are asking the Federal Government to declare them terrorists. They have terrorised us enough. A time shall come when we will say no to this level of provocation in the South-East zone.”
Earlier, IGP Mohammed had asked the zone to embrace the government’s community policing strategy, stressing that it was key in solving current security challenges in the country.