Inspector General of Police, Muhammed Adamu has charged communities in Kogi state to actively participate in ensuring safety of lives and property.
He gave the charge at the state Government House, Lokoja during the Inauguration of the State Community Policing Advisory and State Community Policing Committees.
IGP Adamu stated that Community Policing was a partnership between the people and the police hence sought for inclusion of individuals with good character and lawful means of livelihood as members of the Committees at local and wards levels.
Represented by the Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of Training and Development at the Force headquarters, Lawal Shehu, the IGP called for cooperation through provision of credible information to assist in tackling crimes effectively.
While Inaugurating the Committees, Kogi state Governor Alhaji Yahaya Bello representated by his deputy Chief Edward Onoja emphasised that collective policing of the nation would greatly improve security.
He appreciated the Federal Government for instituting the Police Community Relations in Nigeria and expressed Government’s readiness to partner security agencies particularly the police it the quest to rid the state of crimes and criminality.
Kogi state Commissioner of Police, Ede Ayuba acknowledged that the number of police personnel was increasingly becoming inadequate considering the growing population of the country noting that several minor crimes could have been resolved without involving the poice.
Responding on behalf of other members of the two Committees, the Ohimege Igu of Kotonkarfe, Alhaji Abdulrazaq Sani Isa-Koto promised to discharge their duties proficiently.
Members of the two Committees include heads of all military and paramilitary agencies, traditional rulers, religious leaders, Civil Society Organisations, people living with disabilities, businessmen as well as youth and women groups in the state.