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GOVERNORS of the states in South East have accepted the Community Policing Initiative (CPI) of Nigeria Police.

  The CPI proposes joint efforts of  traditional rulers, religious leaders and other stakeholders.

  The governors decided in favour of CPI in a 10-point communiquè after the South East Geopolitical Zone Security Summit held at the Enugu State Event Centre, yesterday. The forum  was preceded by a closed door meeting the zone had with Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris Adamu, at Enugu State Government House.

  Presenting the communiquè, Chairman of the South East Governors’ Forum and Governor of Ebonyi State, David Umahi said that the choice of community policing was made over other models after carefully reviewing its success in their respective states.

  Addressing participants at the summit, IGP Adamu pointed out that in adopting the CPI, arrangement must be regularly made to co-opt communities while soliciting their support as part of strategies to complement Nigeria police in strengthening internal security.

  Idris also stressed the importance of people-oriented security initiative which has recorded success in states like Anambra as opposed to any policing architecture that alienates the community.

  According to him, such outfits have never proved effective anywhere. For this, Idris recommended engagement of special constables, that will be kitted in special branded uniforms, in the new initiative within specific communities under the existing collaboration between the governors and the police.

  In attendance were governors Umahi, Willie Obiano, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi and Okezie Ikpeazu of Ebonyi, Anambra, Enugu and Abia States respectively while Gov. Hope Uzodimma of Imo was represented by his Deputy, Prof. Placid Njoku.

  Speaking on behalf of religious leaders in the zone, Anglican Archbishop of Enugu, Emmanuel Chukwuma called on federal government to declare herdsmen as terrorists, relying on their involvements in kidnap of priests and raids on their host communities.

  Bishop Chukwuma also urged Idris to intervene in the issue of multiple road blocks in the zone, stressing that as peace loving people, Christians are ready to work with the police to achieve perpetual peace.

  Also contributing, President of Ohaneze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo said that people of the zone have confidence in Nigeria Police but called on police to assist in boosting this confidence by rededicating themselves to discipline and professionalism while dealing with security of life and property in their duty posts.

  Traditional rulers, security chiefs from Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Nigeria Immigration, Nigeria Correctional Service, Federal Road Safety Corps, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, the Clergy, among others also attended the summit.

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