Teryima Andrew, Jos
The Deputy Inspector General of police in charge of department of finance and administration Shuaibu Gambo, has appeal to community and religious leaders to assist in community policing, to enable them perform their job better.
The DIG made the appeal Tuesday in Jos, during a working visit, he also solicited synergy with stakeholders, during a security meeting with community and religious leaders, as part of measures to combat crime in the society.
The police boss said there was need for combine efforts to nip insecurity in the bud, because criminals in Nigeria have advance in their deadly acts.
“The criminals are always one step ahead of the police; but we are catching up with them, with the use of ITC.”
Earlier in an address, commissioner of police, in Plateau state Peter Ogunyanwo, reported to the Deputy Inspector General of police that Plateau command lacks basic equipment to enable it combat crime.
CP Ogunyanwo stated this at police officer’s Mess, during a working visit of the DIG, according to the commissioner of police, the force in the state has inadequate equipment, insufficient funds, staff quarters, operation vehicles, insufficient area commands and needs new police divisions.
“Sir, we have shortfall in equipment, insufficient funds, some times we a division do receive as minimal as 5000 naira for fueling for an entire quarter of the year.
The commissioner of police continue as saying “Plateau police command also need additional area commands, new division, we also lack staff quarters, we need generators for police stations.”
Responding, the Deputy Inspector General of police Shuaibu Gambo, said will look into the plight of police in the state.
“As we talk, the Inspector General of police has approved the establishment of two new area commands in Plateau state.”
addressing community, religious and other stakeholders, the DIG appeal to the public to assist the police in community policing to enable it succeed, but noted with regret the criminality in Nigeria has gone digital.
“The trend in crime are changing, and the police have to change along to enable us achieve the mandate giving us.”
“Police alone will not be able to fight crime effectively, help us to succeed.” He appeal
Mr Gambo stressed further that “for us to succeed in curtailing crime, we must carry evey stakeholders along, please help us to succeed, We want to give you the best police possible.”
“The Inspector General of police has mandated us all of (DIG’s) to go out today and speak with stakeholders. Please tell us where we have gone wrong, but do praise us when we impress you.”
The DIG later held a closed door meeting with officers and men of the Plateau state police command at the officers Mess.