IGP Usman Alkali Baba. Photo/TWITTER/POLICENG
The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Usman Baba Alkali, has urged Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe State to adopt community policing to fight crimes.
According to him, collaborative community policing would engage traditional, religious and community leaders to protect people’s lives and property.
Alkali spoke yesterday when he paid a courtesy visit to Buni at the Government House, Damaturu, the state capital. He said that communities and their leaders would be proactive in various security matters that affect their lives when community policing is instituted.
“Community policing across the nation has a lot of benefits in preventing the breakdown of law and order,” he said, adding that community policing was a kind of going back to the olden days when community, district and village heads were fully engaged in security matters.
He noted that community policing was not an income-earning project, but a sacrifice to secure communities from criminal activities.
He stated that it was a means to add “more security value” to each and every community in the 774 local councils of the country.
He therefore called on Buni to encourage community leaders in the 17 local councils of the state to talk to their people to commence community policing.
In his response, Buni said that Yobe was one of the three states affected by Boko Haram insurgency that claimed many lives and property in the Northeast.
He noted that the state government was committed to support and work with the police, saying the government was renovating and furnishing the Police Headquarters in Damaturu.