Community Policing: S-East Governors, Leaders settles rift with IGP

The controversy surrounding the proposed community policing between the South East Governors Forum, Leaders of the zone and the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Adamu Mohammed may have come to an end following the resolutions reached at the end of their teleconference meeting today.

The Chairman of the Forum and Governor of Ebonyi State, Chief David Umahi said that there is no disagreement between the Governors of the zone, leaders of the zone and the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Mohammed Adamu.

Governor Umahi made the disclosure in Abakaliki after a teleconference meeting between the Governors of the zone, leaders of the zone, the Inspector-General of Police and Commissioners of Police in the 5 states of the zone.

Governor Umahi stated that after the meeting, the Inspector-General of Police agreed that the various security apparatus  at the local government communities should be deployed.

The South East Governors Forum Chairman noted that part of the agreement reached at the meeting was the training of community members by the police while those trained will in turn carryout the community policing in the different states of the zone.

He further stated that the advisory  committee will be headed by the Royal Highness of that community adding that other selected stakeholders will act also as members of this advisory  committee.

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According to him: This is at the community level and this is well accepted by the governors of SouthEast and other leaders of the zone.

Governor Umahi pointed out that  the Inspector General of Police also agreed that the state Commissioners of Police in tge zone made mistake adding that anyone that has gone ahead to do the selection process made a mistake.

He said that it was entirely for the Governors and stakeholders to sit down and do the selection of those that will form members of the community policing.

It would be recalled that the South East Governors had Sunday accused the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Adamu Abubakar of going contrary to earlier agreement reached on community policing.

According to them, The recent communication from the Inspector General of Police to South East governors on community policing composition is not in keeping with the agreement that was reached with him during his last visit to the South-east.

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The South East Governors said that In the circumstance, the zone will not begin the implementation of community polucing until the programme reflects the earlier agreement adding that they had requested the IGP to revert to the initial agreement reached on community policing at Enugu.

According to the Governor, “Since the last 2hrs today, we’ve been having meeting with the Inspector General of Police, IGP Adamu and the five Governors of Southeast attended with the presence of Ohaneze Ndigbo, Ogbonnaya Nwodo in attendance. Others in attendance were the leaders of Southeast elders, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, Jim Nwobodo, traditional rulers”.

“The meeting centred on the communiqué we issued after our Sunday meeting of Governors and leaders of SouthEast at Enugu”.

“We the governors of Southeast and our leaders, were the first to accept community policy because of the beautiful ingredients of community policy. The IG explained to us when we had the meeting at Enugu and we saw that the idea in the policy included to assist us and so when the CPs made a mistake by going to do the composition by themselves and asked the governors to inaugurate, we felt that something was wrong somewhere and we had to contact IG”.

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“At the local government level, we agreed that there will be a local government advisory committee to be headed by the local government Chairman at each local government area. The DPOs and other security agencies, the traditional rulers of that local government and other stakeholders will be the members at that local government level”.

“At the State level, you have the Governor and the security chiefs, the traditional rulers’ Chairman Council and some selected stakeholders and interest group”.

“This is what we have agreed and we agreed that the SouthEast will implement theirs and inaugurate in their various states. When next we meet at Enugu, we will harmonize our views in line with these agreements we reached”.

Governor Umahi also stated that part of the agreement is that each State should pass a law which is call SouthEast Security Law among other things in corporation with the community policing based on the guidelines.

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