While controversy over the legality or otherwise of Operation Amotekun established by the six governors of Southwest states and designed to ward off waves of criminality in the region raged, governors of Nigeria’s North Central states were also busy in Lafia, Nasarawa State capital, mulling how best to combat the same menace that has rendered their region unsafe for farmers, travellers and everyone alike. In recent weeks, there has been resurgence of herdsmen’s attacks on farmers, coupled with kidnapping activities and armed robbery on the highways.
Led by their governors, community policing was eventually agreed upon as an effective tool for tackling the security menace in the region. The security summit, which had ‘Strategic Partnership for Effective Community Policing in the North-Central Zone/FCT’ as theme, was held at Ta’al Conference Hotel.
In his opening statement, the Inspector-General of Police, Abubakar Mohammed Adamu, called on North Central states’ governors to adopt the Federal Government’s strategy of community policing approach to curb incessant security problems in the region. He stated that if community policing in the region were effectively engaged, it would drastically address the disturbing crime rate in the region.
Adamu emphasised the need to make community policing proactive for the members to actively participate in the process of solving community security challenges.