Raphael Ede and Abiodun Nejo, Ado Ekiti
The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, on Tuesday met in Enugu, the Enugu State capital, with coordinators of the community policing policy in the 36 state commands.
Adamu, had in a wireless message to state commissioners of police, directed them to liaise with community leaders and traditional rulers with a view to setting up committees for recruiting the constables.
Already, some states have started the recruitment of the constables who must be between ages of 21 and 50
At the meeting, there were indications that the Federal Government would soon submit a bill on community policing to the National Assembly
The IG and officers, who attended the meeting, agreed that after the passage of the bill, each state would domesticate or amend to suit its peculiarities and challenges.
This was apart from the agreement at the meeting of the senior police officers on the implementation of community policing and the leadership of the Nigeria Police Force held in Enugu State on Tuesday.
The officers drawn from all the state commands and training institutions who were between the ranks of DCPs, ACPs, and SPs, observed the need to allow the people to own the programme to ensure that it succeeded, noting that failure was not an option considering the security challenges facing the country.
The IG, who presided over the meeting, had asked the participants their views on “should the law for the implementation of the community policing come from the Federal Government or should it come from the states.”
Others issues the IG threw up for discussion was whether constables should be paid, since they were going to be voluntary.
The IG said the constables would be paid for one year and it would be subjected for renewal. He said that constables would be between the ages of 21 and 50.
One of the participants, ACP Usaman Yahaya, suggested that Federal Government should make provisions for salaries for community policing.
Meanwhile, no fewer than 800 volunteers are to be recruited as special constables by the Nigeria Police Force for community policing in Ekiti State.
The Police Public Relations Officer in Ekiti State, ASP Sunday Abutu, who said on Tuesday that the state was still at the level of getting the forms obtained by the prospective volunteers, said, “Each of the 16 local government areas in the state is going to have at least 50 volunteers”.
Abutu, who noted that majority of those who had been obtaining the forms at the divisional police stations had been youths, said, “People have been coming to pick the forms, but majorly, those who have been coming have been youths between ages 25 and 40. Seventy per cent of the total of those who have been coming so far are youths.
“There will be a committee for the screening. There will be a committee at the regional level, that is the area command and there will be a committee at the state level, that is the state command. It is not only police affairs – all the stakeholders would be represented on the committee. For now, we are still at the stage of getting the forms,” Abutu said.