Members of Community Policing Implementation Committees in Kogi have been warned against betraying the trust and confidence reposed in them by the Nigeria Police Force (NPF).
The Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG) in charge of Zone 8, Mr Yakubu Babas, gave the warning on Tuesday in Lokoja, while inaugurating the committees for the 10 area police commands in the state.
He said that members of the committees were selected based on their pedigrees and on trust, warning them not to misuse the opportunity.
Babas said that the inauguration of the committees was ordered by the Inspector-General of Police (I-G), and that the members were to assist in bridging the gap between the police and communities.
According to him, the committees would be useful particularly in the area of intelligence gathering and maintenance of peace among members of the various communities.
He urged the committees to immediately hit the ground running, charging them to carry along other critical stakeholders of the communities in their assignments.
Also speaking, the state Commissioner of Police, Mr Ede Ayuba, said that members of the committees were selected, in partnership with the leadership of the Police Community Relation Committee (PCRC).
He thanked the members for accepting to serve in the committees, saying that the idea was to take security to the doorstep of Nigerians.
Ayuba said that he would soon inaugurate the implementation committees for the 21 local government areas of the state.
Highlight of the event was the administration of oath of office on the members by the commissioner of police.
Responding on behalf of the committees, Chief Oluyemi Abayomi, the Olutade of Itedo-Isanlu, thanked the police authority for finding them worthy to serve in the committees.
He promised that he and his colleagues would render quality services that would help in reduction of crimes in various communities in the state.
Edited By: Ejike Obeta (NAN)