Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State has said that his administration would continue to ensure synergy with security agencies in the state to achieve the desired peace among the populace.
The governor gave this assurance at the inauguration of the 21-member state’s community policing advisory committee held at the Government House in Gombe.
He noted that the cardinal objective of any committed government was to secure the lives and property of its citizenry, hence his government’s decision to establish a ministry for internal security and ethical orientation to check the excesses of all elements associated to security challenges among youths for a safer state.
He noted that Gombe State had remained relatively peaceful despite being surrounded by states ravaged by insurgency in the North-East geopolitical zone, but stressed that more needed to be done to prevent happenings within the region and even the banditry in the North-West.
The governor also said that community policing needed to be strengthened and made more effective, as such, all stakeholders including security agents, traditional rulers, religious and community leaders as well as other segments of the society must all come together to work out the best way to secure the people.
Governor Inuwa however charged residents in the state to cooperate with the committee, which he said was established as a body that will jointly work with all security outfits in the state to address all forms of insecurity.
Community policing has worked in many parts of the world, the governor noted, adding that a rapidly grown state like Gombe with nearly 4 million populace would not be an exception.
The community policing advisory committee chaired by the Emir of Gombe, Alhaji Abubakar Shehu Abubakar III will be co- chaired by the state commissioner of police, Ahmed Maikudi Shehu for co-ordination and in turn will be reporting periodically to the governor as the chief security officer.
Earlier in his remarks, the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, represented by the Assistant Inspector General of police in charge of zone 3, Halliru Abubakar Gwandu said ever since the formal introduction of community policing approach in 2004, the Nigeria Police has made community policing strategy its cardinal focus for effective service delivery.
He noted that safety and security would be better guaranteed when and where members of communities are actively involved in crime prevention and community safety.
Gwandu also added that in line with the strategic vision of the Inspector General of Police in modern policing methods, the force intends to develop and implement the Gombe State crime prevention and community strategy to mitigate youth violence and restlessness.
While delivering his welcome address, the commissioner of police in Gombe State, Ahmed Maikudi Sheh, said the command had over the time enjoyed an unprecedented co-operation, support and assistance from the state, and as such his office will not leave any stone unturned in supporting the government in taming the tide of security challenges in the state.
The CP explained that “the Committee will comprise the paramount ruler of Gombe State as the chairman, to be co-chaired by the commissioner of police, all heads of security agencies in the state, three representatives of Police Community Relations Committee, one representative each from the Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs and the Christian Association of Nigeria and one representative each of the three Senatorial Districts.”
According to him, four other committees will be inaugurated. They are; The State Community Policing Committee, Area Command Community Policing Advisory Committee, Local Government Community Policing Advisory Committee and Divisional Community Policing Committee, which will all be under the supervision of the Commissioner of Police, who will equally regularly brief the governor of their activities.