President Muhammadu Buhari has been congratulated for the successful take off in the implementation of community policing in Nigeria to improve on the community safety and security in the country.
A UK-based Nigerian scholar on community policing, Dr Aminu Musa Audu offered this congratulatory message to Mr President on behalf of the Board of Directors, Advisory Board and Interim Management Committee of International Institute of Community Policing Limited Guarantee (IICOPOL).
Dr Aminu Audu, whose research endeavour received the commendation of the Nigerian government in 2018 stated that the sincere effort of the government is seen as demonstrated through approval of enabling research-driven policy and setting up of relevant machineries to ensure full implementation.
Dr Audu noted that this is not only timely but absolutely necessary in view of enormous security challenges and its negative impact on the economy of the nation, as well as the need for a positive change.
Dr Audu also used the medium to extend hands of fellowship to the Nigerian Inspector General of Police, Mr Muhammed Abubakar Adamu for his professional dexterity and passion for the galvanisation of community policing practice in the country. This means his reign as the nation’s number one internal security officer would want to see Nigeria join the league of nations known for global best practice in community policing.
However, the scholar expressed fear in the mode of recruitment of hands at various stages to carry out this important project as wrong hands might be employed, leading to a repetition of failure as experienced in the past.
Dr Aminu Audu reminded Nigerian authority that IICOPOL as an institution is a direct product of research that has gained global recognition and acceptability in recent times.
He added that through partnerships, the nation and Africa as well as other parts of the world stand to benefit from what it offers in terms of engaging security providers and stakeholders connected to peace industry, in newest research, training, professionalisation, policy and behavioural advocacy for the promotion of community policing ideals and standards.