By Chuks Oyema-Aziken
A civil society organisation, Center for Peace and Environmental Justice (CEPEJ) has donated a building to Nigerian Police to house the State Intelligence Investigation Bureau (SIIB), Warri Area Command, Delta State.
CEPEJ National Coordinator and CEO of the NGO, Comrade Mulade Sheriff, said the project was initiated due to existing relationships with the Warri Area Command of the Nigerian Police.
The donation was part of events to commemorate the 2020 International Day of Peace tagged: “Shaping Peace Together”.
Mulade said the project was CEPEJ’s effort to initiate a partnership with the security agencies for sustainable security in the country and support the efforts of the Police in combating insecurity and promoting peace building in Delta State, and Nigeria at large.
The Commissioner of Police, Hafiz Inuwa, Mni, who represented the IGP, commended the efforts of CEPEJ stressing that the initiative would help to foster the partnership between the Center and the Police, in line with the community policing intelligence investigation policy of the IGP.
The DG, Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolutions, Professor Bakut also commended CEPEJ for the gesture, adding that it would help the government to ensure sustainable security and peace in the community with the support of residents of the locality.
Bakut urged other CSOs to key into the initiative so as to achieve the overall outcomes of government programmes especially in the area of peace building and conflict prevention.
The event climaxed with the Commissioner of Police and DG Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolutions paying a courtesy visit to CEPEJ’s Corporate Headquarters Office at Ugolo-Okpe near Osubi Airport, where both of them commended the NGO for its efforts, and promised their unwavering support for community policing, as well as peace building in the State and Nigeria at large.
The event was attended by representatives of the 3 Battalion Nigeria Army, the DSS, PCRC, anti-cult groups, amongst other special guests.