Vig­i­lance group seeks part­ner­ship with FG, La­gos to boost com­mu­nity polic­ing

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - THE METRO SECTION - By Odita Sun­day

TO boost the con­cept of com­mu­nity polic­ing, the Vig­i­lante As­so­ci­a­tion of Nige­ria has called for a vi­able part­ner­ship with the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment and the La­gos State gov­ern­ment. Ac­cord­ing to the com­man­der of the La­gos State Com­mand, Otunba James Udoma, the part­ner­ship would boost the fight against crime on all fronts.

While com­mend­ing the Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice in charge of La­gos com­mand, Ed­gal Imo­himi, for part­ner­ing with the group, he said the con­cept of com­mu­nity polic­ing makes it eas­ier to curb crime start­ing from one’s lo­cal­ity.

On how the CP has been part­ner­ing the vig­i­lance groups, he said, “he has made use of our men in var­i­ous lo­cal coun­cils be­cause our men are in all the grass­roots. Th­ese are men get­ting in­for­ma­tion for the po­lice. In or­der to sus­tain the trend, we urge the state gov­ern­ment to bring the vig­i­lance groups on board in terms of lo­gis­tics and stipends so that the po­lice will en­joy us more. The gov­ern­ment should as­sist us in that re­gard.

“We have more than 4,500 mem­bers op­er­at­ing within La­gos and the present La­gos CP is dig­ging into our re­sources with his com­mu­nity polic­ing-led drive.”

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