Community Policing: Nwodo insists on sovereignty for South East

…Chukwuma tasks FG to declare Fulani herdsmen as terrorists

From Maurice Okafor,Enugu

The President General Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo yesterday expressed his indifference to the Community policing project as being packaged by the Inspector General of police,Adamu Mohammed,arguing that for the project to work,the South East zone should have sovereignty to arrange for their own security system that will curtail security challenges in the communities.

Chief Nwodo made the remarks while speaking at the South East zone Security summit organized by the South East zone in partnership with the Nigerian police command with theme,”Strategic Partnership For Effective Community Policing…..

Nwodo argued that the possibility of the conventional police to know the knitty gritty and nook and crannies of Igbo communities,stating it cannot work out since most of the police officers are not indigenous,will find it definitely impossible to root out the criminals. But when the composition of members of the community police officers are entirely indigenous, they know where the criminals stay and how to trash them.

Nwodo pleaded with the Inspector General of police to allow the issue of community policing both in composition, management and membership be entirely be the affairs of the indigenous people of the South East zone, managed by the state governors.Specifically, he asserted that the outfit will be named ‘Ogbunigwe Security Outfit’.

The Ohanaeze President General lamented that the Igbo nation is being maligned on management of security system in the country.He decried that none of the serving police commissioners in the South East is an Igbo man.

The Archbishop of Enugu Ecclesiastical province and Bishop of Enugu diocese (Anglican Communion),His grace,Most Revd Emmanuel Chukwuma, who spoke on behalf of Religious leaders, said the insecurity in the South East zone brought about by wandering Fulani herdsmen have devastated farmlands,put fears into rural dwellers from going to their farms either for fear of either being kidnapped or raped.

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