The lawmaker representing Enugu West Senatorial District within the Nationwide Meeting, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, Ike Ekweremadu, says neighborhood policing is a “fraud”.
Ekweremadu who was former Deputy Senate President, made this declaration when he featured on a Channels Tv’s Onerous Copy on Friday.
Reacting to varied drives in direction of neighborhood policing, Ekweremadu mentioned the technique is not going to work in a federating unit with “so many diversities” like Nigeria.
So far as Ekweremadu is anxious, Nigerians reside in denial, and the safety state of affairs is “so bad and the bad news is that it is going to get worse because we are not dealing with it at all”.
He mentioned, “Nigeria lives as a federal state. We accepted before independence that what is suitable for our circumstance is federalism. Since we accepted federalism, we need to look at others practicing federalism”.
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“In these different locations, the best way they cope with safety is to decentralize it. The thought of forming a federal system of presidency is that you’ve accepted that you’ve so many diversities.
“To respect these diversities, it’s a must to come right into a unfastened association to do issues in a manner that’s peculiar to the folks.
“Group policing is a fraud, it’s a complete distraction. What they’re telling us is that there’s a downside between the neighborhood and the police itself and they should tackle that lack of belief and confidence. That’s what neighborhood policing is all about.
“When you’ve got a federal system, you may have an entire structure that may cope with conditions in a posh method.”
He mentioned opposite to what most Nigerians suppose the police is planning by means of neighborhood policing, the police IG advised the senate, “they are going to get volunteers who will be giving police information, find out what their challenges are, why do they not trust the police, to build their confidence”.
“Unfortunately, the federal police we have now is not working. That’s why they (south-west) came together to say let us have a security outfit to deal with our problems,” Ekweremadu mentioned.
“Amotekun is different from what the federal government is saying about community policing. They have personnel who are going to deal with issues unlike what the federal government is proposing.”
Lately, Inspector-Normal of Police (IGP) Mohammed Adamu, once more his weight behind the idea of neighborhood policing.
The IGP who believes that neighborhood policing will support in tackling crime on the grassroots mentioned in 2019 that President Muhammadu Buhari has additionally accredited the idea.
On the Discussion board of Northern Conventional Rulers in Kaduna, IGP Adamu was of the opinion that it’s a citizen-centred and neighborhood policing strategy that can result in extra sustainable successes within the administration of inside security and safety threats.