Nigeria police to deploy officers to communities of origin

Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris
Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris

The Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, said on Tuesday that policemen would soon be deployed to their communities of origin to enhance community policing.

The IGP told a meeting in Lokoja that the bulk of the 150,000 policemen to be recruited over the next five years would serve in their respective communities.

Mr. Idris, who was represented by Shaibu Gambo, Deputy Inspector-General of Police in charge of Finance and Administration, said the move would take the police closer to the people.

He said that the police was faced with shortage of manpower, but promised more policemen and equipment for Kogi to  secure the people against rampaging armed robbers and kidnappers.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Zone 8 Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Jibril Yakubu, and the state Commissioner of Police, Wilson Inalegwu, were at the meeting.

The state Chairman of the Police Community Relation Committee (PCRC), Mohammed Salihu, urged traditional rulers to show more interest in the security of their communities.

He said that police stations and security equipment in various communities should be safeguarded by residents to enhance community policing.

In its submission, Kogi branch of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, called on the police to curb incessant frictions between farmers and Fulani herdsmen in the state.

State secretary of the association, Suleiman Muhammed, said that three herdsmen were killed and 48 cows slaughtered in Omala Local Government Area in the past two months.

The meeting was attended by traditional rulers, Christian Association of Nigeria, Council of Ulamahu, transport unions and community leaders. (NAN)


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  • PolyGon2013

    Please move them to their community of origin. It will be like each state with their own police, at least.

  • Deansmart

    Inscribed their name boldly at the back of their uniform to be able to identity some of the corrupt officers

  • jansen

    Very great idea. They will know first hand who the criminals are, with no need for covert operations. Only problem is, the criminals could retaliate against the policeman’s family member, since they know you just as you know them. Therefore, some policemen may decide not to expose criminals, for the safety of their families.

  • Fadama

    Good idea. However, I hope they don’t abuse the situation by Lording over their people and manipulating cases against those they have long standing family feuds.

  • Gary

    Great idea…and one step towards the creation of state police. Let us see how Policemen will extort or brutalize their own people.

    One other thing to consider is to end the Police Barracks concept. Pay them a housing allowance to rent or build their own homes in the communities where they live and work.
    It will bring them and their families closer to the people they are paid to protect. And help rid our cities of the urban ghettos that the barracks have become.

  • Hamza

    I don’t know why it took so long to appreciate the need for this. Working, police or whatever profession, away from one’s home or zone is smth that I think is very hostile and unfavourable esp in Nigeria with all it’s ethnoreligeous sentiments, divisions and hatred for others. This move will no doubt improve security and help motivate the personnel more.