WARRI- Delta State Commissioner of Police, CP Zanna Mohammed Ibrahim has said that criminality could be brought to its barest minimum rate in the society only when stakeholders collaborate and volunteer to give information about criminals in their localities to the police.
He noted that criminals are not “Spirits” stressing that, “they are persons known to the communities and only be easily identified and exposed to the hands of the law enforcement officers by members of the communities.
CP Ibrahim who was represented by ACP S E Danmama made the call today (Thursday) during the Official Flag off of the Warri Area Command Community Policing Project by the Delta State Commissioner, said, “Those who conspire and rob, kidnap and even kill our love ones in the pursuit of evil wealth, are not strangers, where they are strangers, they must have informants who are our kits-and-kin”.
CP Ibrahim urged Community Leaders to collaborate with the Police and other Sister Security Agencies to collectively checkmate the activities of criminals in the State.
” It is the involvement of all stakeholders including our revered traditional institutions, the civil service, the market women, the business world, the academia, the youths and political class; in the herculean fight against our criminally minded neighbours, friends, brothers, sisters etc.”
CP Ibrahim stated that the Community Policing Project is predicated on a mutual trust that was cultivated, nurtured and allowed to flourish between Police and Stakeholders.
Earlier, the Warri Area Commander of the Nigeria Police Force, ACP Mohammed Shaba stated that the partnership embraces rural and urban agencies, businesses, individual citizens, non-profit groups and the media.
“Community policing therefore, is the coming together of specific groups to address criminal issues and reducing crimes instead of simply leaving it entirely to the police force.”
On his part, the Delta State Director General on Security, Hon. David Tonwei has appealed to the police to look into areas that are highly volatile with criminal activities in the state to bring minimum peace, law and order.
He specifically named Burutu, Koko and Escravos , Warri North and South-West as area with very high criminal activities in the riverine areas.
Tonwei called on the community leaders, Vigilante to support and collaborate with the Police to fight crime in the areas.