By Zubairu Idris
Gov. Aminu Masari of Katsina State on Thursday inaugurated Katsina State Community Policing Advisory Committee as part of measures to reduce crimes in communities across the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the State Commissioner of Police, Mr Sanusi Buba, is the Chairman, while the Emir of Katsina and Chairman State Council of Chiefs, Alhaji Abdulmumini Kabir, is the Co-Chairman of the committee.
Other members of the committee were one representative each of the Nigerian Council of Islamic Affairs and Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Alhaji Suleiman Isah Mai’adua and Rev. Audu Bakwai, respectively.
Others were representative from each of the three senatorial districts of the state, state chairman, Police Community Relations Committee while all heads of security agents in the state are members.
In his remarks, Gov Masari, said that the formation of the committee is timely considering the security challenges bedeviling the state and the country in general.He said that the composition of the state members is good because important stakeholders were selected as members.“Those who live in a community knows their problems and can advised on how best the community can be secured,” he said.
Masari urged the police to prosecute and punish offenders to serve as deterrent to others.In his remarks, the Deputy Inspector General of Police, Finance and Administration, Mr Abdul Dahiru, said that he was in the state for the inauguration of the committee.
Dahiru said that the aim of the present I-G, Mohammed Abubakar, is to transform the traditional policing.He noted that it was more proactive policing strategy, by establishing partnership and collaboration between the police and members of the communities they serve.“I wish to assure you that all relevant stakeholders and voluntary organisations duly registered will be carried alone in policing of their community,” he said.In his remarks, the Emir of Katsina, Alhaji Abdulmumini Kabir, assured that the traditional rulers would contribute towards success of the committee.
He urged people to imbibe the habit of assisting their brothers.Kabir, who said that community policing is good, pointed out that perpetrators of crimes must be punished for the society to live in peace.The Emir also urged people to continue to pray for their leaders and do away with all sentiments. (NAN)