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Insecurity: Experts call for community policing

Audu, who authored a publication titled: ”Police Corruption and Community Policing in Nigeria: A Sociological Case Study,” said  the issue of insecurity was not a new thing in the country.

“What we are seeing today is a product of series of activities that have transpired in the past. So it is a build up,” he said.

He said though there is insecurity in Nigeria, the way forward is community policing.

“According to Freeman in 1992, community policing is about policy and strategy to achieve more effective crime control, reduce fear of crime, improve quality of life, improve police services and police legitimacy through proactive reliance on community resources that seeks to change crime causing conditions,” he said.

He stated further that community policing would ensure the need for greater accountability of police, greater public share in decision making and greater concern for civil rights and liberty.

Audu said it was disheartening that when talking about community policing, “what comes to our minds is about forming vigilante group and arming them with weapons for them to begin to delve into prejudicial killings and manhandling of crime suspects.

“No, that is not the way. Community policing is about the police, the community coming together to address issues, most especially crime causing conditions.

“Now we are talking about insecurity, what happens to poverty? How has poverty being addressed?

“Who are the people sponsoring those who carry guns?

“For example, I read sometimes ago that about 400 people have been arrested on allegation that they are sponsoring Boko Haram, I don’t know what has happened to them?”

The expert, who acknowledged the influence of foreign factor in the security challenge, said community policing would not be a success if the problem of poverty and other factors were not addressed.

He also said over the years, community policing had not worked effectively in the country because there has been a wide communication gap between the community and the security providers.

He urged people to desist from politicising the initiative.

“Do we really practice community policing accurately? So the problem is that it has been a guess work affairs,” he said.

Audu, however, commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his support for community policing.

“I really commend President Buhari for taking the step to implement community policing with a funding investment to the tune of about 26 million pounce.

“But how many governors or local government chairmen have taken it upon themselves to implement these policies according to specification?” he asked.

reports that the National Economic Council (NEC) in a virtual meeting chaired by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo had, on Aug. 20, 2020, approved the sum of N13.3 billion for the take-off of community policing initiative across the country.

“I am happy that the Federal Government is implementing based on empirical research. Now at the moment, they are undergoing process,” Audu said.

A Preventive Terrorism Consultant, Mr Temitope Olodo, said all the stakeholders should be ready to take it seriously if community policing would work.

Source: NAN

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