Establish State, Community Policing Now, Ex-Rep, Hon. Ogunnusi, Urges Buhari

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As Nigeria reels under a wave of crime and criminality like armed robbery, kidnapping, rape, acts of vandalism on public infrastructure and terrorism, a former Member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Abayomi Michael Ogunnusi, has reinstated his call for the establishment of state and community police structures across the country to stem the rising wave of criminal activities nationwide.
Hon. Ogunnusi, who represented Ifako Ijaiye Federal Constituency in the 7th Assembly, told reporters in Lagos that the country stood the risk of being overwhelmed by the activities of criminals if it continued to rely on the Nigeria Police alone to fight crime.
As a member of the 7th Assembly, Hon. Ogunnusi sponsored a bill to alter the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 to provide for the establishment of state policing and to ensure effective community policing in Nigeria and for matters connected thereto, which time and bureaucracy at the National Assembly stalled its passage before the life of the 7th Assembly expired last June.
Hon. Ogunnusi observed: “The rave these days include the Boko Haram menace, militancy, kidnapping, armed robbery, jungle justice, rape and other criminal activities being perpetrated in Nigeria.
“These have exposed the institutional ineptitude of the police and other security agencies. The present structural setup of the Police obviously shows that the Nigeria Police are not equipped structurally to flush out crime or forestall the breakdown of law and order. That Nigeria police has been doing their best in maintaining law and order in the society amount to stating the obvious. However it is a general notion that the Nigerian Police force has failed in this aspect. The time to embrace state police is now.”
Stressing the merits of state and community policing, Hon. Ogunnusi said: “There is ample efficacy in community policing especially its feature of local ownership. And because everyone in the community knows the thief and his family just as the local police and his family are also well known, the entire community is well positioned to assist the local police to deal with a criminally-minded family. Nigeria, no doubt, needs the model.
“The concept of community policing is an important mechanism in the fight against crime and maintenance of law and order in the society. This explains why countries such as India, Japan, United States and Australia established community policing in their genuine quest to keep crime rate at the barest minimum. Nigeria can take a cue from these enviable developments.”

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