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Community Policing: Senate Invites IGP For Suggestions

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The Senate on Tuesday, February 6, mandated its committee on police affairs to invite the Inspector-General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris, to suggest ways and means the country could actualise community policing.

The directive followed a motion on “The need to post junior cadre of Nigeria Police Force to their states and local government to enhance community policing in Nigeria” sponsored by Senator Ademola Adeleke (PDP-Osun).

While leading debate on the motion, Adeleke said that the Senate was concerned that government inconsistency in policy implementation had affected welfare of police personnel.

Nigerian Senate wants IGP Idris to suggest ways to actualise community policing.  He said that the implication of the situation was that it was adversely affecting citizens in the society in terms of service delivery.

He stressed that it was desirous that the lower rank of the police force should be posted to their respective states of origin to improve and impact positively on community policing.

According to the lawmaker, this will be possible through synergising with vigilante groups, traditional rulers so as to address the current state of insecurity in the country. He said that there had been calls for the establishment of state police to proffer lasting solution to the perennial security challenges due in the country. Adeleke said that the lapse in security was due to “ineffectiveness or outright bias of the Nigerian Police Force in carrying out their national assignment.’’

He also observed that the disconnection between the Nigerian police and the various communities with their different cultural values and orientation created a vacuum that needed to be filled through community policing.

According to him, it would avail the federal police the opportunity to concentrate on its primary duties of detection, prevention and prosecution of crime at the national level.

In his contribution, deputy minority leader of the Senate, Senator Emmanuel Bwacha (PDP-Taraba) said implementing community policing would help check crime in communities across the country.

Bwacha noted that persistent killings and other criminal activities would have reduced drastically or even stopped if the police had been working with vigilante or other community security groups.

His words: “Community policing is very important in stopping criminals and enhance security in the country.

“It will be easier for the police to maintain law and order if there is community policing, because it will create a synergy in policing and create sense of belonging in the people of the community.”.

Senator Sam Egwu (PDP-Ebonyi) said “this motion will go a long way in addressing the well-being and accommodation of junior cadre of the police.”

He added that it would also help in securing and protecting communities in the country.

On his part, Senate Chief Whip, Senator Olusola Adeyeye, said “in this atmosphere of insecurity, the time has come to promote community policing.”

He said that if the central police worked with the community police, the synergy would ensure that communities were well fortified and closely secured.

“All crimes are local and if you can’t speak the local language, you are not likely to address the security issues in the communities,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Inspector General of Police Ibrahim Idris has lost his bid to stop the contempt charge brought against him by the Peace Corps of Nigeria over his alleged persistent flouting of court orders.

Justice Sylvanus Oriji of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court in a ruling on Thursday, February 1, dismissed the preliminary objection raised by the IGP against his personal appearance before the court.

The judge in the ruling ordered him to be in court on Tuesday, March 13, to answer why he should not be committed to prison for his disobedience to the lawful order of the court made on March 26, 2014 stopping the Nigeria police from interfering with the activities of the Peace Corps.

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