Security chiefs in Kogi State have praised the state government under Yahaya Bello for a job well done as far as tackling insecurity in the state is concerned. They however passionately appealed that the tempo be sustained even as they noted that pockets of insecurity still linger in some areas of the state.
This was contained in a communiqué issued yesterday at the end of one-day- Round Table Advocacy Meeting on Community Policing organised by the Actionaid Nigeria as part of its contribution to stem the rate of insecurity across the state.
The communique, signed by Anicetus Atakpu, ActionAid Nigeria Acting Coordinator on Humanitarian and Resilience Unit, and Halima Sadiq, Programme Officer, PIBCID, identified farmers-herdsmen crisis, armed robbery and kidnapping, as some of the major insecurity issues confronting the state.
According to the communique, it is also observed that poor behaviour of children, which is majorly the responsibility of the parents and communities, is yet another serious factor that triggers the spate of insecurity in the state.
It accused communities and parents as contributors to the insecurity problem when they shield suspected criminals and fail to obey law. Adding that insecurity is fueled by poor or lack of education with observation that religious institutions have great roles to play in reduction of insecurity and radicalism in our communities.
After several discussions and deliberations, the participants came out with recommendations that there is need to build trust between the police and community through periodic meetings, stressing the need for the police command to be proactive in relating with communities and dealing with insecurity.
One of the participants, Shaibu Oseni, called for sincerity on the part of the community when engaging with the police, need for capacity strengthening in relation to working with the police and respect for the rule of law and human rights.
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