CTF minister calls for community policing


Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Minister Malam Muhammad Bello has called for community policing within FCT communities and regional councils to tackle recent security concerns in the territory.

The minister who made the call when a delegation from the Pai Chieftaincy Council of Chiefs in FCT Kwali Area Council, led by Magajin Pai, Alhaji Bawa Yahaya, paid a visit to the FCTA, said that with adequate community policing, many of the security challenges currently encountered in the FCT could be overcome.

Bello, who noted that security has become everyone’s business, said traditional and political leaders in regional councils need to work with other experts to organize community policing structures that will not only tackle insecurity, but will also provide credible intelligence to security agencies.

He lamented that efforts to introduce community policing into the FCT in the past had not been very successful, attributing the challenge to the communities’ overreliance on the FCT administration to provide all the necessary logistics.

The minister further urged the traditional and political leaders of the regional councils to show more commitment to ensure the success of the program. “The reality is that security is now everyone’s business. We have tried as much as possible to encourage community policing in the FCT, but have had no success.

“The challenge we faced, especially with the issue of community policing, is that many communities were just waiting for the federal government or maybe the state and in our case the administration of the FCT to pay for everything. .

“As you know, resources are very scarce. While the Federal Government, through the system established by the Nigerian Police, takes care of training and perhaps kitting, other things, including allowances, should be taken care of by the local community,” said he declared.

Bello also advised FCT communities and area council leaders to work with experts in their various fields to identify able-bodied men and women and encourage them to be part of the community policing process.

“The advantage is that Mr. President has approved the employment of 10,000 police officers each year. So you find the natural thing is that those trained as community policing constables can easily be absorbed into mainstream policing.

“Even if at the beginning, it is the community which finances their transport, their logistics or even which pays for what they need when they leave for training, the community will still benefit from it because in the long term, it is the same men and able-bodied women who would be absorbed either by the police or the army,” he added.

Bello, while pledging the support of the FCT administration to ensure the success of community policing in the FCT, also pledged the intervention of the FCT administration in the provision of access roads and police establishments. teaching in the community.

Speaking earlier on behalf of the delegation, the Sarkin Yakin Pai, Dr. Husseini Halilu Pai, appreciated the relationship between the FCT administration and the Pai community as well as the FCT Minister’s show of love and concern towards the community.


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