FG orders recruitment of constables for community policing

26.1.2020

FG orders recruitment of constables for community policing

Published Kindly Share This Story On Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu IG asks police commissioners, traditional rulers, others to form screening committees South-West governors to meet again over law backing Amotekun Our members can’t take up constable jobs –Akintoye Attempt to stop regional security outfit’ll tear Nigeria apart -Ex-Gov Ezeife Olusola fabiyi, femi makinde, adelani adepegba, abiodun nejo, peter dada and godwin isenyo The Federal Government has directed the police hierarchy to commence the recruitment of special constables nationwide preparatory to the implementation of its community policing policy. The directive on community policing is coming as the Western Nigeria Security Network, codenamed Operation Amotekun, an initiative of the six South-West governors, is gaining momentum. The governors had set up Amotekun to complement the efforts of the police in tackling insecurity in the region. The Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, who reportedly described it as “illegal” has since said he was misquoted. The opposition to the takeoff of the security outfit appears to have been cleared after the South-West governors met with Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, and Malami in Abuja on Thursday. To begin the recruitment of constables, Adamu has directed state police commands to set up screening committees. In a wireless message obtained by Sunday PUNCH , the IG ordered all state Commissioners of Police, Assistant Commissioners of Police and Divisional Police Officers to liaise with traditional rulers and community leaders in their domains to screen volunteers who would be engaged after passing the screening tests. One of our correspondents, in an exclusive report in May 2019, revealed the decision of the police to engage about 40,000 special constables to complement the conventional police. At least, 50 volunteers will be recruited from each of the 774 local government areas in the country. The recruitment earlier scheduled for August last year failed to take place. The police wireless message with reference DTO:231704/01/2020, announcing the commencement of the recruitment, was copied to Zonal Assistant Inspectors-General of Police, departments and formations. It read, “INGENPOL (IG) directs that you be informed that (the) Federal Government has given approval for recruitment of special constables as a step forward to enhancing (the) community policing policy nationwide. “INGENPOL further directs all commands’ CPs, ACPs and DPOs in your respective commands to liaise with traditional rulers and community leaders in your respective areas to form screening committees that will screen volunteers who must be of good character and who will eventually be recruited as special constables.” The message added, “All those to be recommended must be resident in their respective communities and must also be between the ages of 21 and 50 with (the) willingness to serve the community.” The IG told the CPs, ACPs and DPOs to study the Police Act 49 and 50 for proper guidance while urging them to provide updates on his directives. One of our correspondents had reported that pastors, Imams, teachers, lawyers, journalists and youths would be considered for the volunteer job. READ ALSO: Attempt to stop Operation Amotekun will tear Nigeria apart — Ex-Gov Ezeife But the special constables, who would not be armed, are expected to handle charge room and administrative duties, crowd control, accident scene duties, alternative dispute resolution and other less sensitive and less risky functions. They will dress in police uniform but with a different force numbers to distinguish them from the regular cops. Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Frank Mba, said the candidates for the constabulary must be physically fit and gainfully employed. Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong, on Friday said the Progressives Governors’ Forum had decided to back community policing. Lalong, who is the co-chairman of the Progressives Governors Forum Governance Programme Steering Committee after their meeting in Abuja, said they also met to approve the proposed 2020 work plan, programme of activities and design policies for the implementation for good governance in states controlled by the All Progressives Congress. He stated, “Here, we are not talking about Amotekun, we are talking about general insecurity. On the general term, what we did after a presentation from the security agencies is all of us appear to be talking about community policing.” Middle Belt opposes govs on community policing But the Middle Belt Forum opposed the plans by the governors to implement community policing, stating that a regional security outfit like Amotekun would be more effective in curbing insecurity in the Middle Belt. The forum asked Governors Samuel Ortom (Benue), Darius Ishaku (Taraba), Lalong (Plateau), Ahmadu Fintiri (Adamawa) and Bala Mohammed (Bauchi) to evolve new measures to end the ongoing bloodshed in their states. The MBF National President, Dr Bitrus Pogu, in a statement on Saturday, said he expected the state executives to invest more efforts in addressing the bloodshed and massive destruction by terrorists on the middle belt. It said, “Considering the horrifying activities that have drawn global attention, the forum calls on the governors to work towards the creation of a security network similar to Operation Amotekun to obliterate all forms of insecurity in defenceless communities. “We believe that a security outfit like Operation Amotekun will serve our communities better than the proposed community policing which is similar to the work currently being done by informants in providing intelligence to the police.” Pogu called on the governors to be committed to the protection of lives and properties. He advised the state governments to collaborate with the relevant agencies of the Federal Government to end the security challenges facing the Middle Belt. Pogu also told the governors to let critical stakeholders to be part of their policy implementation in their states. The MBF asked the states to embark on a massive infrastructure development to lay the foundation for industrialisation to make the economy of the region viable. Meanwhile, Mba said the police were putting final touches to the implementation of the community policing policy, adding that they were in the process of setting up the screening committees. YOU MAY ALSO LIKE: He said, “We are on the verge of implementing the policy; we are putting finishing touches, we are about setting up the screening committees for the special constables.” S’West govs meet on Amotekun bill Meanwhile, South-West governors are to meet ‘‘anytime soon,’’ to deliberate on the law that would back the establishment of Amotekun in the region. One of the governors, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told one of our correspondents that the meeting would review the decisions made by the six South-West Attorneys General at their meeting in Ibadan on Thursday. Apart from the AGs, the speakers of the region’s Houses of Assembly also held a meeting, with the Majority Leaders in attendance. The source said the governors would review the outcome of the meeting they had with the VP. Apart from that, the governors, he added, would review the decisions taken by the speakers and majority leaders at their meeting. He said, ‘‘We are going to meet either this week or early next week to look at the proposed bill that will give legal backing to the operation. ‘‘We know that there is no going back on the operation and what we are doing now is to kick-start it. The primary job of any government is to provide security. If we cannot do that, then we have failed as leaders. We don’t want to fail. Life is precious and we will not allow our people to be killed anymore.’’ Amotekun members can’t take constable jobs — Akintoye Speaking on the recruitment of police special constables, the leader of the Yoruba World Congress, Prof Banji Akintoye, said no member of Amotekun could be recruited as police constables. Akintoye, a renowned historian and a Senator during the Second Republic, said this in an interview with SUNDAY PUNCH on Saturday. Akintoye said although the Amotekun initiative and police constable jobs complemented each other in terms of provision of security, nobody should belong to the two different agencies. He said, “Those ( police and Amotekun) are two different things. The Federal Government has its own arrangements and South-West governors have Amotekun strongly endorsed and massively supported by Yoruba people. “The two go side by side and they will reinforce each other to give South-West people the greatest security confidence. No one can combine the two jobs. They are different.” Asked how should the leaders of Amotekun emerge from the state and regional levels, Akintoye said those handling the outfit must have their plans. “The people who are handling the management and structures of Amotekun have not come out with their blueprint. We are all waiting for that and I know that they are working very hard “I know that a large number of Yoruba people are reaching out to them from home and abroad and giving them suggestions. I know when those handling it come out they will come out with a satisfactory management format. “We want to leave them to come out with the format they want. Remember that the governors have said they would come up with legal framework for Amotekun.” Our members can’t work as constables — OPC Speaking in the same vein, the Ondo State Chapter of the Oodua Peoples Congress said its members would not be allowed to be recruited as special constables. The state Coordinator of the group, Mr Victor Olayemi, who spoke with one of our correspondents, said they were ready to work with the regional security outfit. Olayemi said, “ We can’t allow our members in Operation Amotekun to be recruited as constables and also we can’t work with the police , because we don’t want clashes. But we are ready to work if they give us our own independent roles. “We know one another and we know what everyone can do, so they should allow us to do the work independently. That is why we are planning to meet with the governors, so they can give us our own role. We are ready to secure our people, we are ready to work in Operation Amotekun.” We ‘ve not been contacted – Agbekoya The coordinator, Agbekoya, Ekiti State, Sunday Omoyajowo, said the group had not been contacted about the community policing policy. READ ALSO: South-East can’t get 2023 Presidency with intimidation — ACF Secretary General, Sani Omoyajowo said a decision on whether Agbekoya would release members for recruitment into community police or not would depend on proper understanding of the details of the policy. He said, “If a step like that is to be taken, the police are supposed to officially inform us and other groups that could be relevant to security. It is when they come to meet us and give us the full details, what exactly will be the roles of the recruits and expectations from the police that we would be able to make decisions whether our members can join or not. “Without letting us know their actual plans and intentions, such a decision that our members will partake or not cannot be made.” Northern group endorses Amotekun The Coalition of Northern Groups has thrown its weight behind the establishment of Amotekun. While justifying the establishment of Amotekun, the group is also proposing a similar outfit to be known as operation “Shege ka Fasa”, meaning “I dare you” to protect the region from kidnapping, banditry, armed robbery and other crimes in the North. Copyright PUNCH. All rights reserved. This material, and other digital content on this website, may not be reproduced, published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or in part without prior express written permission from PUNCH. Contact: DOWNLOAD THE PUNCH NEWS APP NOW ON Receive Alerts on: Read more: The Punch Newspapers

Good one. Thanks Special greetings to the IGP Other nations are engaged in tech advancement and battery powered cars, Nigeria leaders are busy playing ethnic hunting. So unfortunate that our leaders are bereft of intellectual capacity to lead us. What a bunch of morons and cow heads..! This Govt knows that AMOTEKUN will fight insecurity to the ground. some want to protect their interest (Headsmen / Boko Harram/ Kidnappers). For the NPF, you want to take glory for defeating crime that even your officers partake in. Police will continue to defeat police ideas.

If you don’t know by now that this guys have a sinister motive then you need to wake up from your slumber. Amotekun really jeopardized their well ostracized plan and now they are planing to mitigate the effect not to obstruct their plan. Wake up south. This is coming rather late. We know it's all about Amotekun. Why are the Fulanis scared?

Eheeeeeeeen Story, for now in South West we already have our own community police aka Amotekun These guys don't understand anything, FG should not have any business with community policing. Allow the state to form them and let the control domicile with the states. What I see here is Abuja trying to find job for the boys. Same old story, nothing will be achieved.

The FG should know that in community policing, the west would have people from the west and the east would have people from the east and so on. You can't post a N.E constable to Ondo. It's no longer community policing if you do! Community policing is for the states to handle and not the FG!

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Amotekun birthed this.... Congrats, Amotekun has come to stay. They want to 'spoil ' everything now! 😕 Hope is not goingto be fulanis and northern muslims as usual? Ofcourse,that have been the Hallmark and scheming of Buhari and his northern oligarchy. Just liaise with Amotekun and stop wasting your resources in SW.

They want to recruit their boko haram brothers. Don't worry you hear, MBuhari. Amotekun will protect the SW Better Who is scarf of Amatekun? I thought fg said we are not ripe for community policing Recruitment is where the problem of Nigerian police starts,all sort of characters are recruited-ex convicts,armed robbers, political thugs etc, no background checks,until we get the recruitment right, the level of our policing will remain rooted in mediocrity

Lol “We believe that a security outfit like Operation Amotekun will serve our communities better than the proposed community policing which is similar to the work currently being done by informants in providing intelligence to d police.” ~ Dr Bitrus Pogu (The MBF National President)

FG to stop bulk salary release to varsities, polysNa you go de teach student Abi what does this really means Kuku cancel school na make evry one de do what they like Have they stopped BULK SALARIES TO THEMSELVES? These people are jokes. What about those who occupy public offices

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All those who voted APC, how market? You have not seen anything yet... kese kese is on the way oo!! They shouldn't send northerners to the south ooo. Their 'rehabilitated' boko Haram terrorists should remain with them. They don't want states to organize their own security so that the states won't be in control of them. Theywant to recruit the ones that will kill victims of herd

I was wondering why they açcepted Amotekun. They have another plan. Why hadn't they thought about community policing before? You can't recruit more people in a corrupt agency. Reform should come first. The fear of 'OPERATION AMOTEKUN' is the beginning of wisdom. The FG is only chasing shadows by this belated and uncomplimentary move. There is no life after death. The south west has taken the country by storm again. Enough of mediocre governance in Nijeria.

Thank God , the Federal Government is waking up on the need for community policing but I doubt it's sincerely here . For there to be community policing in the true sense of it , the control of the Inspector general of police and the president of the Federal Republic... ....of Nigeria on the State police must be whittled down , there must be a high level of autonomy of the States in this matter . Anything short of this will be back to where we started from

FG wanna meddle with this initiative of ÀMOTÉKUN

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This is another plot by this govt to recruit and dispatch bokoarams to various communities. Let each states handle community Policing abi una dey mad ni If this is kind of community policing system that will be introduced then the aim is defeated again, because it won't solve nothing but more chaos. They want to deploy more terrorists into community policing cuz of Amotekun and the willingness of other federating units to establish similar outfit. Stop deceiving yourselves & the gullible ones!

Another strategy by the regime to frustrate Amotekum. SW be wise! Always ill informed. FG wants to control the community policing that the state's have been agitating for. Why not support the state's to do the recruitment while they purge the present police force to be more effective and efficient. I disagree with this .. Nigerian police is already corrupt. They will only corrupt the amotekun group

fulani people don't know anything about economy, they after how to loot, cage the destiny of youth, use lies and deceive to governor. Stop recruiting more people to an already over bloated civil service. We need to empower of people not through security jobs but by engaging in productive venture that will help reduce crime and criminality

FG pumps N1.7tn into privatised power companiesYet power outage is still top notch 👌well done sir. I don’t think this heading justifies the state of affairs. Keep pumping air

PoliceNG please give second thought. That Quality Policing is different from quantity policing. Let your Matrix for selection or sorting reflect the ethos of Character. The Idea is commendable.

FG, P&ID resume $9.6bn battle in London todayHope malami won't make it more worsen A British company trying to fraud nigeria just as britain always do then they take our FG to a british court, but why are we still perpetually enslaved to Britain ?

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