By Ruth Yarnap, Bauchi
In it’s determination to fight criminal activities in communities in the state, the Bauchi State Government in partnership with the Nigerian Police has inaugurated a 22 member Community Policing Advisory Committee.
Inaugurating the Committee at the Banquet Hall of the Government House, Bauchi, Governor Bala Mohammed Abdulkadir said that the State Government will soon set up a Community Policing Trust Fund which will assist in the area of financing the activities of the Committee in the state.
According to him, community policing was the best globally at ensuring the security of lives and properties, saying that the committee was formed in order to improve security in the state.
Bala Abdulkadir added, “Bauchi State is one of the states in the North East subregion which is battling with activities of insurgency.We will not leave any stone unturned in ensuring that every community in the state is protected by the government”.
The Governor stated further, “I therefore charge the Advisory Committee to ensure that every step required for effective community policing is adopted so that the aim and objectives of the committee was achieved. I commend President Muhammadu Buhari for what he is doing to ensure that lives and property of Nigerians are adequately protected through the fight against insurgency and other security challenges in the country.”
Bala also commended IGP Mohammed Adamu for the concept of Community Policing, noting that if implemented, it will reduce to the barest minimum issues of crime and criminality within communities across the country.
In his address, the AIG Zone 12,Bauchi, Sanusi Lemu said that the importance of Community Policing is a complementary role for the control of crime and criminality within communities considering that the criminals are members of the various communities.
According to him, the community policing scheme as embarked upon by the IGP is aimed at bringing policing down and closer to the communities expressing confidence that it will succeed in Bauchi state.
Bauchi State Police Commissioner who is Co-Chairman of the Committee, Lawan Tanko Jimeta, in his address also disclosed that the community policing strategy is a potent tool for solving security challenges as it allows the community partner actively with the Police in the country.
He added that the community based policing model was adopted to suit the values, culture and ways of life that are peculiar to each community in line with relevant regulations.
Responding on behalf of the Committee, the Chairman of the Committee, Emir of Bauchi, Dr Rilwanu Suleiman Adamu assured that members will be dedicated to the terms of reference in performing their function to ensure that communities were effectively policed in the state.
Dr Rilwanu Suleiman Adamu also commended the State Government for establishing the Community Policing trust fund saying that it will go a long way in assisting the committee in the discharge of its duties in the state.