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Community policing: Police college is training 336 Kebbi candidates – Gov. Bagudu


Community policing: Police college is training 336 Kebbi candidates – Gov. Bagudu

The Kebbi Government says it has sent 336 candidates to Police College for training on community policing with additional plan to send 450 new candidates in efforts to strengthen security in the state.

The state Governor, Sen. Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, made this known on Monday in Birnin Kebbi during public sensitization and campaign on community policing organized by Kebbi State Police Command.

Bagudu,who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG),Alhaji Umar Babale Yauri, noted that the consistence partnership of state government, security agencies and community leaders contributed to the relative peace recorded in the state.

He said,” I believed that the security agencies in the state will bear us witness that His Excellence always involved the local people, together with the security agencies.

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“I think that is why Kebbi State is the most peaceful state in Nigeria.

“We are always supportive to security agencies, and we take advice from them. “When the issue community policing came about,the state government is supporting the policy by sending now 336 candidates to police college for training on community policing in Sokoto State.”

Bagudu added the state inaugurated community policing committee,assuring that the state government would continue to support the committee.

“We further intend to send 450 additional candidates to police college for training on community policing,” he said.

The governor assured that the government would sustain collaborative effort with Ministry for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs to sensitize district heads and village heads on community policing.

Earlier,the state Commissioner of Police,Mr. Agunbiade Ogunyemi Lasore, stated that the rate of crimes in the state was very low due to collaboration of community leaders and stakeholders on security in the state.

While declaring their support for Community policing, Secretary of Miyyeti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), state chapter, Alhaji Abubakar Dakingari, said the members of the association were ready to support the policing .

“Our members are most victims of insecurity in Nigeria and a committee on community policing should be set up that will comprise of district heads and village heads to be identifying strangers within their domains,” he advised.

In his paper presentation, former Deputy Inspector General (DIG), Hashimu Salihu ,attributed insecurity to lack of proper education, decades in morality, outright violations of human rights,illegal arrest , detention and porous land borders, among others.

He advocated for the returned of policing to the traditional rulers and members of the communities.

“Before the advent of Europeans, Africans, Nigerins, especially Northern and South-West regions had communities police that were protecting their people against criminality and fears,” he said.

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