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Community policing, Nigeria’s best bet, says Ogun CP

The Commissioner of Police in Ogun State, Bashir Makama, says community policing remains Nigeria’s best approach to solving the myriads of security challenges confronting the country.

Makama argued that peoples’ inclusion makes community policing “more appropriate, relevant and effective”.

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He spoke at the weekend in Abeokuta, during a youth security summit organized by the Aregbe Divisional Police Headquarters. The summit had as its theme, ‘Community Police: Repositioning Youth for Sustainable and Security Community Development.’

The CP, who was represented by the Deputy Commissioner of Police (Operations), Edward Ajogun, noted that community police allows the police and the people to mutually seek measures to keep criminals at bay.

In doing this, however, Makama said the community must “own” the police as an institution and strive to achieve the target security objectives of the Nigerian Police Force.

“Of all modern policing methods, none I believe, today, is more appropriate and relevant to our contemporary challenges than community policing. There is no better approach than community policing.

“The police and the people they serve must continually and jointly seek a convergence of youths and men on how to elevate the security of the community. We do this in a manner to keep criminals at bay. Secondly, to justify the essence of having police in the community and to help solidify developmental efforts,” Makama said.

The CP urged youths to play crucial role in policing community effectively by engaging in neighborhood watch to identify criminals and participate in orientation against crime.

In his address, a member of the State House of Assembly, Oludaisi Elemide (Odeda constituency), blamed the society for youths’ indulgence in crimes.

“Our society is terribly bad. Morals have been buried and we have thrown caution to the wind and the result is what we are seeing. An average Nigerian worships money and we believe money is everything. This is why the youths want to get rich at all cost and that’s the basis of all these crimes.

“We must de-emphasis the value of money and come down to the concept of ‘Omoluabi,’ a well-cultured child does not misbehave,” Elemide said.

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