Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun has called for a total reform of the Nigeria Police, in line with international standard, in order to make the force, a pride to all Nigerians.
Governor Abiodun made the call while inaugurating the State Community Policing Advisory Committee in his Office at Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, with a charge on the leadership to continue to empower and motivate its personnel to work for the good of the society, maintaining that, there was no alternative to a proactive, dynamic and intelligence-driven police force.
“I urge the police leadership to intensify efforts at a total reform of the police service, which will be the pride of all and sundry”, he advised.
He noted that democracy demands that the Force should be people-oriented, saying that it was time for the Police to actualise its slogan, “Police is your Friend”, and change the perspective that it was an instrument of coercion by the colonial masters, as a means of oppression and intimidation.
The State’s helmsman pointed out that police duty of maintaining public peace, prevention and detection of crimes, was highly demanding, noting that the socio-economic and political activities of the society would only thrive in a secured environment.
He lauded the force on its policy of adopting the principles and core values of Community Policing, observing that, ” it is possible to say that the job of the police is squarely community-oriented and could only be achieved with a synergy of the police as an institution of the people.
“Community Policing is cheaper, more effective, efficient, and certainly proactive in the prevention of crime rather than criminals”, Governor Abiodun stated.
According to the Governor, Ogun was one of the pioneers for the implementation of the Community Policing in the country, with government providing patrol vehicles, equipped with modern communication gadgets to security agencies in the State, calling on the citizens to embrace the initiative, become stakeholders and join the police towards ensuring better service to the society, in line with his administration’s Public Private Partnership policy.
He charged the inaugurated members to leave indelible footprints in the sands of time, in order to achieve a comprehensive Police Service reform, saying, ‘’ I am looking forward to a harmonious relationship between the security agencies and the public.
Speaking earlier, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, represented by the Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG), Mr. David Folawiyo, said the inauguration of the Committee was the beginning of a new era in policing, aimed at settling disputes and checkmating petty crimes at the grassroots.
The IGP said that the initiative was to bring back the task of policing to the community, as it would be an inclusive, participatory and cheaper means of policing, involving the community, the police force and the government, pledging the support of the Nigeria Police Force to the Committee members in peace keeping, promoting justice, creating awareness, as well as combating vices at the grassroots.
Speaking on behalf of the members, the Chairman of the Committee and the Awujale of Ijebuland, Oba Sikiru Adetona, represented by the Dagburewe of Idowa, Oba Yinusa Adekoya, while welcoming the initiative, assured that Obas in the State would key into the initiative, as security was everyone’s business.
Other members of the Committee included, the State Commissioner of Police, Kenneth Ebrimson as co-Chairman, all heads of security agencies in the State, religious bodies, and three representatives, one each from the three Senatorial Districts of the State.