South/East governors flanked by some leaders inf the zone .
Governors of the South-East geo-political zone on Wednesday endorsed the new community policing model of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF), for effective security in the zone.
Rising from the South-East Security Summit, initiated by the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr. Mohammed Adamu Abubakar, the governors in a communiqué read by the Governor of Ebonyi state and Chairman of the South East Governors’ Forum, Engr. David Umahi, said that contents of the new community policing strategies of the police were not different from the security measures already in place in the zone.
Gov. Umahi disclosed that before the summit, the South-East governors had a closed-door meeting with the Inspector General of Police, at the Government House, Enugu, where the police chief explained to them extensively the concept and effectiveness of the community policing in addressing security challenges in the zone.
Other governors at the event include the host governor, Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, Governor Willie Obiano, of Anambra State, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State and the governor of Imo State, represented by his deputy, Prof. Placid Njoku.
Speaking further, Gov. Umahi added that all security concerns raised by the traditional and religious leaders in the South East zone, including those presented by the ‘Imeobi’ Ohanaeze at the last meeting of the South-East Governors’ Forum, have been addressed in the community policing strategy of the Nigeria Police Force.
The governor who maintained that the people of the zone will begin to see a lot of positive changes as fallout of the summit, pointed out that the governors have agreed to invest in social intervention programmes for the teeming youths.
In his address, IGP Adamu Abubakar, who described the South East summit as the best in the country, noted that the event was “convened within the framework of our community policing initiative, and as part of the strategies of Nigerian Police to employ all inclusive strategy towards helping us in the achievement of our internal security management, particularly in the South Eastern states”.
The IGP disclosed that the community policing approach was necessitated by the increasing complexity of crime and the challenges of policing the vast and diverse country such as Nigeria, stressing that “this requires that the Nigerian police should continually engage the citizens in seeking their input and soliciting their support”.
Earlier in his address, Gov. Ugwuanyi who welcomed the IGP to Enugu State, on behalf of his colleagues, expressed optimism that the summit’s outcome will facilitate rejigging and re-tooling of the security architecture in the South-East zone, and bring it up to speed with emerging dimensions of insecurity and criminality.
“We have institutionalized the needed collaboration between our Neighbourhood Watch groups, Forest Guards and security agencies especially in the area of intelligence sharing. Enugu State Security Trust Fund law is in place to ensure sustainable support for security agencies in the state while the State Forest Guards law is before our State House of Assembly.
“We are also on the threshold of deploying our Automated Drone Surveillance Solution to give the needed impetus to our security surveillance,” said Gov. Ugwuanyi.
Other speakers at the event were the Deputy Governor of Imo State, Prof. Njoku, President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo, Archbishop Emmanuel Chukwuma, Chairman of Enugu State Council of Traditional Rulers, HRH Igwe Amb. Lawrence Agubuzu.
Prof. Felix Asogwa, who presented the keynote address.