BENIN CITY-The Inspector General of Police, IGP Abubakar Adamu has called for collective effort towards tackling insecurity in Nigeria, maintaining it is “the only way out”.
IGP Adamu made the call during a mass sensitization of members of the public in the South South Geopolitical zone on Community Policing, with the theme: ‘Understanding Community Policing: A Framework For Action’, at the Oba Akenzua Cultural Center in Benin City, last week.
Adamu, who was represented by Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG Zone 6), Zaki Ahmed explained that community policing was introduced to take policing to the grassroot.
He noted that there is no better time for Nigerians to embrace community policing, hence the need to “take ownership” and participate for their safety and security.
According to him, “Our collective effort is the only way out for a safe environment, conducive for meaningful and socioeconomic growth and stability in the nation”.
Also, Edo state governor, Godwin Obaseki stressed that to check insecurity across the country government as well as community leaders have a “great role to play”.
The governor, represented by his deputy, Philip Shaibu harp on the need for strengthening of institutions instead of individuals, which according to him would “solve” the country’s problem “half way”.
The event which was organized by the Nigeria police saw in attendance religious leaders, civil society, youth groups, traditional rulers, traders from across the South South region.
The various paramilitary and security agencies were also present, with the police band and Benin cultural musical group was on ground to spice up the occasion with melodious tunes.