COMMUNITY: Police Chief Seeks Council’s Support On Community Policing

 

The newly posted Area Commander, Ikirun Command, ASP Yusuf Asape has charged residents of the community to be law abiding and engage in lawful businesses.

According to a release signed by the Head of Department, Social Development and Information, Bukola Elufadejin,  Mr Asape made this remark while paying a familiarisation visit to the council secretariat.

Describing the lives and property of the people as paramount, he said he had toured almost 21 countries across the continent in the world and he believed in security and a safe society.

He frowned at the unholy attitudes of some transporters and Okada riders in the community, just as he promised to nip the situation in the bud.

The police boss appealed to residents to be fair and just in enforcing law and order in the entire senatorial district.

While reacting, the council boss, Alhaji Hammed Omoloye, solicited the support of the police force towards the improvement of the council’s Internally Generated Revenue especially at Alamisi Market.

He said the provision of security for the revenue workers of the council would guarantee their safety and translate to economic development.

The Council Manager, Alhaja Salam Mojisola pleaded with the area commander to be up and doing towards checking the activities of herdsmen in the council, lamenting the alarming rate of national insecurity triggered by the herdsmen in the nation.

Present at the occasion were other members of the outgone caretaker committee, Head of departments and other dignitaries.

Ademola Adeleke Seeks Senate Approval To Invite IGP On Community Policing

The lawmaker representing Osun West Senatorial District, Senator Ademola Adeleke, at the plenary on Tuesday moved his first motion at the Senate, leading to the invitation of the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to make recommendations on how to introduce community policing in Nigeria.

The motion, which was unanimously adopted by the Senate, was entitled, ‘The Need to Post Junior Cadre of the Nigeria Police Force to Their States and Local Government Area to Enhance Community Policing in Nigeria.’

Granting the only prayer of the motion, the lawmakers resolved to “direct the Senate Committee on Police Affairs to invite the Inspector General of Police to suggest ways and means of actualising community policing.”

In the motion, Adeleke recalled that the colonial masters came to Nigeria and met the people without western education but with well established monarchy that governed the citizens internally, with security operations that safeguarded lives and properties within the various ethnic groups in the country.

He pointed out that the colonial masters inherited already established institutions of law and order strengthened by traditional rulers through moral uprightness and sanctions that encouraged the submission of the subjects to native authorities across the country.

Adeleke said, “It is desirous that the lower ranks of the Nigeria Police – Constable to the rank of Inspector – be posted to their respective states of origin to improve and impact positively on community policing through synergy with vigilante groups and traditional rulers to address the current state of insecurity in the country.

“The Senate is aware that there have been calls for the creation of state police in order to proffer a lasting solution to the perennial security challenges due to the ineffectiveness or outright bias of the Nigerian Police Force in carrying out their national assignment.

“The Senate is further concerned that the disconnect between the Nigeria Police and the various communities with their different cultural values and orientation created a vacuum that needed to be filled through community policing in order to avail the federal police the opportunity to concentrate on its primary duties of detection, prevention and prosecution of crime at the national level.”

Senators Emmanuel Bwacha, Samuel Egwu and Sola Adeyeye, who supported the bill, pointed out that community policing was long over due for the country.