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Kwara gov seeks greater traditional rulers’ role in community policing

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By Oluseyi Dasilva, Ilorin

Kwara state governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazq, has made a call to the federal government to consider granting traditional rulers the constitutional role in the nation’s community policing effort.

The governor, who made the call while speaking at a sensitisation progmme on community policing, organised by the state police command in Ilorin, said that the traditional institutions have great role to play in maintaining law and order at the grass root. He reiterated that the closeness of traditional ruler to the people will enable them uncover any incident before its execution.

Governor AbdulRazq assured that his administration will continue to support the realisation of community policing initiative in the state. In his paper presentation with the theme: “Community Policing in Nigeria”, former Inspector General of Police, Alhaji Aliyu Ibrahim Attah, called for constant review of policing system in the country to make it more robust and people friendly. He attributed the bastardisation of policing system in the country to military incursion.

In his remark former Inspector General of police Alhaji Tafa Balogun,said there should be cordiality between police and the community. He explained that such relationship should be a symbiotic in nature to make police work easier.

Alhaji Balogun said the community policing, if adopted, will be more proactive in orientation and preventive in nature. He said the community policing system would help in better interrelationships between the brain and the body.

Earlier in his address of welcome, the Commissioner of Police, Kwara state command, Muhammed Lawal-Bagega, assured of the determination of the command to ensure adequate security of lives and properties in the nooks and crannies of the state.

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