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NPF To Start Deploying Policemen To Their Communities Of Origin


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.

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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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