South-East Governors, IG Finally Agree On Template For Community Policing

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Shalom Ankrah.

South-East Governors and the Inspector-General of Police (IG), Mr. Mohammed Adamu, have finally come to an agreement on a template for the implementation of community policing in the zone.

The governors had alleged that the IG breached the earlier agreement reached on the mater.

However, after a teleconference held with the IG on wednesday, the Chairman of the South-East Governors’ Forum and Ebonyi State Governor, Chief David Umahi, mentioned that they had agreed on modalities to implement the policy.

Governor Umahi stated that the governors, other leaders of the zone and Adamu were no longer at loggerheads.

He also stated that after the meeting, IG agreed that the various security apparatus at the local communities should be deployed in the areas to safeguard lives and property.

Umahi noted that part of the agreement reached at the meeting was the training of community members by the police, while those trained would carry out the community policing in the different states of the zone.

He added that an advisory committee, to be set up in each area to supervise the operations and would be headed by the traditional ruler of the community with other selected stakeholders as members.

“This is at the community level and this is well accepted by the governors of South-East and other leaders of the zone,” the Governor said.

Umahi also states that IG agreed that state Commissioners of Police (CPs) in the zone made a mistake by making the selection, adding that anyone that had gone ahead to do the selection process made a mistake.

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