In order to enhance community policing, the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mr Ibrahim Idris has disclosed that policemen would soon be deployed to their communities of origin.
While speaking at a security stakeholders’ meeting in Lokoja, on Tuesday, the IGP said that the bulk of the 150,000 policemen to be recruited over the next five years would serve in their respective communities.
Idris, who was represented by Shaibu Gambo, Deputy Inspector-General of Police in charge of Finance and Administration, explained that the move was intended to take the police closer to the people.
Admitting that the police was faced with a shortage of manpower, the IGP promised more policemen and equipment for Kogi state to further secure the people against rampaging armed robbers and kidnappers.
At the meeting, the state Chairman of the Police Community Relation Committee (PCRC), Mr Mohammed Salihu, urged traditional rulers and other stakeholders to show more interest in the security of their communities.
Salihu called for police stations and security equipment in various communities to be safeguarded by residents to enhance community policing.
More so, the Kogi branch of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria called on the police to curb the incessant frictions between farmers and Fulani herdsmen in the state.
The state secretary of the association, Suleiman Muhammed, said that three Fulani herdsmen were killed and 48 cows slaughtered in Omala Local Government Area in the past two months.
In attendance at the meeting were the Zone 8 Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Mr Jibril Yakubu and the state Commissioner of Police, Mr Wilson Inalegwu. The meeting was also attended by traditional rulers, Christian Association of Nigeria, Council of Ulamahu, transport unions and community leaders.
Recently, the IGP presented a bill before the National Assembly seeking the deduction of one percent of the total budget of every state in the country to fund the Nigeria Police Force.
The Deputy Inspector General of Police, DIG, in charge of Finance and Administration, at the Force Headquarters, Mr. Shuaibu Gambo made this known while interacting with stakeholders in Makurdi.
DIG Gambo said if the bill is passed into law, the annual budgetary deductions would, to a large extent, eliminate all the financial challenges confronting the Force in the discharge of its responsibilities to Nigerians. He explained:
“The idea is to dedicate the one percent budgetary deduction from each state to the security of the states. The money would not be given directly to the Police, but would be administered by the governors and committees set up for that purpose.
“We all know that budgeting for security in the country is so enormous and the truth is that the federal government alone cannot afford to shoulder the responsibility of funding the Police.
“So, if the bill is passed, the era of the Police going cap-in-hand, looking for assistance, will be a thing of the past; the Police will have no excuse not to perform with the right logistics support and motivation.
“We deserve a better Police Force in Nigeria; we have consistently proved ourselves outside this country and won laurels. We can also achieve same in our country. We urge Nigerians to support every initiative that would help the force improve in its service delivery,” Gambo explained.
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