By Musa Sunusi Ahmad
Nasarawa State Governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule has Inaugurated the State Community Policing Advisory Committee (SCPAC) to complement the effort of the Nigeria Police Force in combating crime in the state.
Engineer Sule while performing the ceremony on Monday at Government House, charged the members to sustain participation, partnership and collaboration of all, in addressing crime related issues in a more proactive manner.
According to the Governor, the state was determined to secure its environment against crime and criminality as well as maintain law and order at all times for the socio-economic development of the state, hence the constitution of the committee.
He specifically commended President Muhammadu Buhari for the prompt response to the security challenges confronting the state, as demonstrated in the immediate deployment of Nigerian Air Force Special Forces to Lafia to spearhead security operations in the North Central zone.
Engineer Sule further thanked the Inspector General of Police, IGP Mohammed Adamu, for taking proactive steps in tackling issues of security in Nasarawa State, which manifested in the inauguration of the SCPAC.
” In ensuring the smooth operation of Community Policing, the Inspector-General of Police recently requested the states of the federation to constitute State Community Policing Advisory Committee.”
“This Committee is expected to form the fulcrum on which the recruitment and operation of Special Constabulary will be anchored. The full realisation of this, will entrench a formidable and robust synergy with the newly inaugurated Nasarawa State Volunteer Guard.” Governor Sule said.
The Governor equally commended the effort of the security agencies in the protection of lives and property, particularly in the enforcement of law and order for harmonious co-existence among the diverse ethnic nationalities of the State.
” I need to acknowledge your tireless effort in complementing Government commitment in the fight against the spread of COVID-19 in the State. I salute your patriotism in ensuring compliance to Government proclamations. ” he said.
The governor however urged the traditional rulers, stakeholders and other members of the society to accord the Committee the maximum cooperation to enable the discharge its of the committee’s responsibilities.
Earlier, in his opening remarks, IGP Mohammed Adamu, represented at the event by DIG Shehu Lawal, DIG Training and Development at the Force Headquarters, unfolded the architecture of the community policing strategy to consist of three tiers of advisory committees at the state, area commander and local government area levels.
The IGP disclosed that the inauguration of the State Advisory Committee, the stage is set for the recruitment of competent and capable hands into the Police Constabulary as volunteers.
Responding on behalf of the committee, the State Police Commissioner , Mr Bola Longe, appreciated the Governor for making security of citizens of the state his top priority, assuring that the committee will ensure maximum discharge of its duties.
“The committee is representing the security agencies in the state , the religious community, representatives of the three senatorial zones of the state as well as the traditional council and would carry out the job effectively,” CP Longe stated.
He thanked the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, for attaching value to community policing , saying with the inauguration of the committee, the whole state would be combed and all criminal elements arrested.
” I call on the general public to cooperate with us by providing necessary information and work with us to ensure that crime is eliminated in the state” he said.
The committee is jointly chaired by the State Commissioner of Police, Longe and the Emir of Lafia, HRH Justice Sidi Bage (rtd), with other members to include, religious, opinion leaders, among others stakeholders in the state.