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Ogun Launches Community Policing, Calls for reform of Police Service

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Ogun State government on Thursday launched the community policing project in order to further allow the citizens in assisting police to combat crime in the society.

Performing the launching at the Oke-Mosan governor's office, the Ogun State governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun used the occasion to call on the Inspector General of Police to intensify efforts on the reform of the police service to adapt with the true reality on ground.

'I urge the Police leadership to intensify efforts at a total reform of the Police Service, which will be a pride to all and sundry".

"By so doing you would have left indelible footprints in the sands of time.

He informed "the Inspector-General of Police, Muhammed Abubakar Adamu and his able lieutenants that Ogun State is proud to be amongst the pilot States for the implementation of the laudable community policing project'.

Speaking on other efforts to secure the State, Governor Abiodun said the state "have collaborated with other South West States to establish a community-based security outfit called “Amotekun”, that came into existence through a law passed by the State House of Assembly. 

"I believe that the “Amotekun” Outfit will complement this Community Policing initiative. 

He then called for an " harmonious relationship and partnership between all the security agencies, on one hand, and the public, on the other.

Speaking on the essence of the project, Abiodun said "the constitutional responsibility of the Nigeria Police to maintain public order, prevent and detect crime is a highly demanding duty and the political and socio-economic activities in the society could only thrive if these roles are well pursued".
"Everyone in this gathering has justifications to be apprehensive of the security situation, at first, in his immediate community and generally in the country. We hear of armed robbery incidences, kidnapping and other criminal vices almost everyday.

"It is essential that we must remember that those who engage in crimes are not spirits; they are individuals just as you and I, and they live within our various communities". 

"Similarly, personnel of the Nigeria Police are individuals who, ordinarily, also have a stake in the society and would have preferred a peaceful atmosphere in their own rights. 

"Therefore, it is possible to say that the job of the Police is squarely community-oriented and could only be achieved with a synergy of the Police as an institution and the people".

'It is in this regard that I wish to commend the initiative of the Inspector-General of Police, Muhammed Abubakar Adamu, in his wisdom to promote community policing in the society".

"Community Policing which started gaining currency in Nigeria, a few years ago, is policing that puts people at the centre, as partners and stakeholders, in crime fighting and crime related challenges'. 

Rather than “their police”, Community Policing becomes “our police”. It is cheaper, more effective and efficient, and certainly proactive in preventing crimes rather than chasing after criminals".

It is gratifying to note that the Nigeria Police is increasingly committed to finding lasting solutions to the unpalatable threats to life, property and business.

He commended the Police for moving from the erstwhile colonial master which "saw itself as a master over the people and entrenched a brutal, oppressive and domineering police force policy that distanced the institution from the people".

"The Police was used by the powers-that-be as veritable instruments of oppression, coercion, and intimidation of perceived opponents and enemies.  It was not a people’s Police. 

"A democratic dispensation such as ours, demands a people-friendly and people-oriented Police service, which is in vogue with what is attainable in most parts of the developed world".

"It is on record that Police authorities have made very positive efforts to improve the relationship between the Police and the people.

"The time is now set for the actualization of the popular slogan, ‘Police Is Your Friend’.
Our Administration will continue to extend the much-needed cooperation and hand of fellowship to the Police and all other security agencies

Speaking to Journalists after the launching, the Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Training, David Folawiyo, who represented the IGP,  commended the State for being proactive in the areas of assisting police to perform their constitutional roles.

He said the community policing project which is people's oriented will help in fighting and policing the state effectively as the people are now fully involved.

"This is a project that people have been agitating for, every crime is local, the community leaders will now play a prominent roles in detecting crimes and assist in fighting it to the admiration of all".

The Community Policing Project has an advisory committee with Oba Sikiru Adetona, as Chairman and Kenneth Ebrimson, Co Chairman, members include all heads of Security agencies, heads of religious bodies, National Council of Islamic Affairs, CAN, PCRC, representatives from of  each of the three senatorial districts.