Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta on Friday inaugurated two committees on community policing to address the rising spate of insecurity in the state.
Inaugurating the committees in Asaba, Okowa said that the security committees were constituted as a response to yearnings of residents for local policing apparatus to check rising security challenges in the state.
He said that raising the committees was to deepen the security architecture in the state to nip crimes in the bud.
According to him, the committees will help to bolster community policing to check criminal activities and assist the police and other security agencies to provide and ensure sustainability of a crime-free society.
“The last six weeks or so have been very tasking and challenging, not just with the existential threats posed by the COVID-19 global pandemic but also of emerging security risks confronting the various federating units.
“Notwithstanding the steady progress made by this administration in partnership with relevant security agencies to ensure peace and safety of individuals, communities and public property in the state, there is a compelling need to continually deepen and expand our security architecture.
“Of weighty consideration in this regard is the necessity to bolster our community policing apparatus as the monsters of farmers and herdsmen clashes, cultism, small arms and light weapons proliferations, kidnapping, armed robbery and other violent crimes appear to be on resurgence.
“Urgent steps are therefore, required to avert possible breakdown of law and order.
“It is axiomatic that the security of any state or nation is a shared responsibility between the government, law enforcement agencies and the people.
“And, as I have always said, the job of security is too serious, too important and too demanding to be left to law enforcement agencies alone.
“Community policing provides us with a strong platform to leverage on this partnership.
“Through the collaboration of the police, the people and the government, it enables us to improve the processes and structures that engender peace-building, preserve our collective security, enhance the credibility of our criminal justice system and deliver better policing services.”
He recalled that community policing was the subject of the South-South Security Summit, held in Asaba in November, 2019 facilitated by the inspector-general of police.
The governor explained that inauguration of the committees was one of the many steps his administration was taking to build on the momentum generated at the summit.
He noted that members of the committees reflected the qualities of professionalism, character, competence, leadership, maturity, experience and the diversity expected of such a high-powered assemblage.
Expressing his confidence on members of the committees, Okowa said: “I trust in the abilities of these men to liaise with not just the police but all relevant stakeholders to advise, identify and nip problems in the bud before they escalate into full-blown security challenges.
“I want to emphasise that the three major partners in the community policing process are the people, the police and the government.”
“As l congratulat members of the committees, l urge them to be guided by the zeal to make the society crime-free,’’ Okowa said.
Earlier, the Inspector-General of Police, Mr Mohammed Adamu, said the inauguration marked the commencement of community policing in Delta.
He was represented by the Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Force Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department, Mr Micheal Ogbizi.
Adamu commended the governor for his proactive steps in ensuring security of lives and property in the state, noting that an atmosphere of peace was evident in the state.
He charged the committees to take right steps to ensure peace and to reduce crime to the barest minimum in the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that other speakers at the event include; the AIGP Zone 5, Mr D.P. Yakadi and Commissioner of Police, Delta State Command, Mr Hafiz Inuwa.
Members of SCPAC committee include: the Chairman of Delta State Council of Traditional Rulers, Obi Emmanuel Efeizomor II (co-Chairman); Commissioner of Police, Hafiz Inuwa (co-Chairman); Brig.-Gen. Ibrahim Jallo (Nigerian Army), Mr Ademola Adebiyi (DSS).
Also in the committee are Commandant Chike Ikpeamaonwu (NSCDC), Ocheja Ameh (FRSC) and Comptroller Ibrahim Liman (Immigration), Mr Friday Ovie (Nigeria Correctional Service) and Prof. Epiphany Azinge (Representing Delta North).
The SCPC has the Asagba of Asaba, Obi Chike Edozien as Co-Chairman, Mr Mamman Rijau, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Department of Operations (Co-Chairman); Alhaji Billamin Emiko (NSCIA), Rev. Ejiniewe Joseph (CAN), Marshall Prosper-Ojoh (PCRC), Dr Kehinde Taiga (Civil Society Organisation).
Edited By: Ifeyinwa Okonkwo/Silas Nwoha (NAN)