Daily Trust (Abuja)

22 March 2012

Nigeria: Police Community Relations Committee Launched in Gwagwalada

THE Police Community Relations Committee (PCRC) was on Saturday launched at the Divisional Police Headquarters in Gwagwalada Area Council.

Chairman of the PCRC in the area, Prof. Chinwendu Nwoha Williams, said community policing is meant to bridge the gap between the police and community as well as bring both parties to complement each other's role in crime fighting, which is everybody's duty.

The PCRC chairman called on the assistant inspector-general of police in charge of zone 7, Gwagwalada Area Council, university community, banks and other corporate bodies in the area to support the police financially so that they can acquire necessary equipment to fight crime.

"It is a known fact that Gwagwalada has a population of over 3 million people and the police in the area operates with an outdated Mazda patrol van. This is suicidal for us and we can't fold our arms and wait for the police to respond to emergency calls with no vehicles and communication equipment," he stated.

Also speaking, the FCT Director of Agricultural Development Project (ADP), Dr. Michael Ndubisi Uwazie, in a paper, said the prevailing insecurity occasioned by incessant Boko Haram attacks, kidnappings and armed robbery is worrisome. He argued that one cannot talk about national security without food security, since national security starts with solving food security challenges.

Highlights of the occasion were the launching of the PCRC's 2012 Almanac and a N50 million fund raising by guests.

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