By Emma Arubi
WARRI- Community Policing aimed at empowering and conferring the responsibility of addressing issues of insecurity challenges on the inhabitants in our localities in conjunction with the Police and sister agencies will enhance effective security for all.
The Area Commander, Warri Area Command of the Nigeria Police Force, Assistant Commissioner of Police, ACP Muhammad Shaba made this remark in Warri recently during the flagging-off of the “Community Policing Project” covering eleven (11) Police Divisions across seven (7) local Government council areas of Delta State.
ACP Shaba said the level of insecurity has become heightened by our domestic staff such as drivers, house helps and gardeners, saying that insecurity today is the upper most social problem pervasive in contemporary societies such as Nigeria.
He noted that residents/communities must synergise with the police, sister agencies and government at all levels to address the problem of insecurity around us.
Delta State Commissioner of Police, CP Zanna A. Ibrahim in his address at the occasion read by ACP Dan Mammah noted that criminals are not spirits and therefore can only be easily identified and exposed to the hands of the law by members of the community they live even as he charged all well meaning and responsible citizens of Delta State to embrace this all important project to build a secure and peaceful state.
The Delta State Police Commissioner who frowned at the un-coordinated nature of the operations of the various vigilante groups in the state disclosed that plan have reached advance stage to streamline and bring the operations of these vigilante groups into a well organized organization under the strict supervision of the Police formations in their area of operations.
He warned members of the vigilante groups to desist from arresting and detaining innocent persons and even beating them up without reasons and that some members of these vigilante are even criminals themselves, noting that they must operate within the ambit of the Laws of the land.