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Anambra inaugurates Community Policing Advisory C’ttee

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ANAMBRA State Government has inaugurated Anambra State Community Policing Advisory Committee.

The inauguration, which took place at the Governor’s Lodge, Amawbia, Awka South Local Government Area (LGA) was to promote peace and safety in the state.

  This was after a meeting of governors of south east geo political zone, where they unanimously adopted community policing initiative of the federal government in a bid to ensure sanity in the country.

 The initiative would witness engagement of special constables, who would be engaged within specified communities under the existing collaboration between the governors and the police.

Inaugurating the committee, Gov. Willie Obiano said it would be a community-based initiative to be headed by the traditional ruler of each community.

 The secretary of the committee would be Presidents-Generals, while youth leaders, councilors, and Church members would be part of the committee at community level.

Gov. Obiano stressed that a serving police officer would not be involved, but a retired police officer, who would be an indigene of the community could be part of the committee.

 The governor, who had earlier directed the 179 communities to recruit 50 men and women into the Community Policing Services now for the pegging of the number to 25.

 According to him, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, has not pronounced how much federal government had budgeted for their emolument, but assured that they would be paid.

 “The people to be recruited will not reside outside the community, but within. They will fish out criminals at local levels, as crime is localised most times.” Gov. Obiano added.

 He noted that the IGP had since commended Anambra for passing into law, the Community Policing Bill, which had been actualised through the regular vigilance initiatives.

 The Deputy Inspector General of Police, Mr Celestine Okoye said the initiative was imperative as the key component measure at ensuring societal safety as well as maintenance of law and order.

    “It has become necessary to adopt a multi-agency and citizen-driven approach.

  “The committee is expected to identify the security challenges peculiar to their communities and partner with the local police in formulating plans that will mitigate the challenges.”

 Members of the Community Policing Advisory Committee included, Anambra State Commissioner of Police, CP John Abang who is to be a Co-Chairman to Gov. Obiano, Igwe Alfred Achebe, the Obi of Onitsha, who is also the Co-Chairman.

 Others were; State Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps, Mr Andrew Kumapayi, and the other Service Chiefs in the state.

 The rest were retired Commissioner of Police, Ikechukwu Aduba, who is representing North Senatorial Zone, Transition Committee Chairman Idemili North, Mr Asha Nnabuife, representing Anambra Central,  retired DIG, Mr Val Ntomchukwu, who represents Anambra South.

  Also among the committee are, President-General, Anambra State Association of Town Union (ASATU), Mr Alex Onukwue, Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, Mr Greg Obi, the Chairman Civil Society of Nigeria, Prince Chris Azor, Representatives of various religious leaders, including Imams

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