Southeast Governors have dropped thei idea of a regional security network to tackle the growing menace of insecurity in the zone, for community policing. They also failed to meet with the leadership of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, religious and traditional rulers of the zone to discuss the intricacies of the proposed security outfit at a scheduled town hall meeting. The meeting which was slated for 9:00 am at Base 2 Event Centre was filled to capacity according to reports, with entertainment provided by a police band, but by 1:00 pm, the governors were still absent.
The governors, however, were in another meeting with the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu in Enugu on Wednesday, where they decided to key into the community policing initiative of the federal government.
Chairman of the Forum and governor of Ebonyi State, Engr. Dave Umahi disclosed the governors decision in a communique that: “Community policing committees made up of traditional rulers, community leaders, town union leaders, religious leaders, etc, within the locality, will be charged with the responsibility of selecting and recruiting community policing officers that will work within the communities.” charge local leaders of communities with the responsibility of recruiting personnel for the community policing initiative.
“Taking into cognizance the existing security initiatives instituted by the governors of the states in the southeast geopolitical zone at the various local levels, such as the vigilante groups, the neighbourhood watch, forest guards, farmers/herders committees, the homeland gatekeeping, etc, which are in conformity with the community policing strategy, the state governors have accepted and adopted community policing as an effective tool in bringing policing to the grassroots,” Engr. Dave Umahi said.
Meanwhile, most of the dignitaries who waited to meet with the governors at Base 2 events centre were encouraged to leave the venue after an address by the Anglican Archbishop of Enugu, Dr. Emmanuel Chukwuma:
“We are not here for music entertainment but for security issues. We have been here for hours waiting for these people and they are nowhere to be seen … this is how they toy with issues concerning Ndigbo. Why should they keep us waiting?
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