Usman Baba Alkali, the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), has urged Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe State to institute community policing to tackle crimes.
According to him, cooperative community policing would attract traditional, religious and community leaders to guard people’s lives and property.
Alkali spoke yesterday when he paid a visit to Buni at the Government House, Damaturu, the state capital. He stated that communities and their leaders would be very active in various security matters that affect their lives when community policing is adopted.
“Community policing across the nation has a lot of benefits in preventing the breakdown of law and order,” he said, noting that community policing was like going back to the olden days when community, district and village heads were fully involved in security matters.
He said that community policing was not an income-earning project, but a sacrifice to safeguard communities from criminal activities.
He said that it was a means to add “more security value” to each and every community in the 774 local councils of the country.
He therefore urged Buni to advise the community leaders in the 17 local councils of the state to speak with their people to begin community policing.
In his reaction, Buni stated that Yobe was one of the three states affected by Boko Haram insurgency that has claimed many lives and property in the Northeast.
He said that the state government was dedicated to support and work with the police, noting that the government was renovating and furnishing the Police Headquarters in Damaturu.
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