10 August 2012

Nigeria: Community Policing Best to Tackle Crime, Crises - NGO

A non-governmental organisation involved in crime prevention, the Community Policing Campaign of Nigeria, says community policing is the only way to end crises and instability in Nigeria.

DSP Stephen Kunde (rtd), the Director, Training and Manpower of the organisation, stated this while speaking with newsmen in Gombe on Friday.

He said that security was for everybody, hence the need for all to participate in achieving it. Kunde said if all Nigerians could agree and come together, there would be peace and security, without which there would not be any meaningful development.

"In Nigeria, people believe that security is the responsibility of Government while in the developed countries, community policing is very effective."

The director said that in the olden days, there was intelligence gathering in the society, adding that as time went on, tradition and culture were abandoned, leading to suffering. "We need to bring security issues back to traditional rulers and all stakeholders for the betterment of our country."

Also, Mr Ogunmodede Akinyole, the Deputy Director in charge of operations of the organisation, said the NGO aimed at fostering communal effort and crime prevention. He said the organisation was established nine years ago while the Gombe office was opened recently as the Zonal Headquarters of Zone 9, which comprised Bauchi, Yobe and Gombe States.

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