Police Inspector General Mohammed Adamu has stated that the greatest challenge facing the police in Nigeria is the public’s lack of confidence in the force.
The IGP that was represented by DIG Olushola Oyebande made it known by giving his speech at the Public Policy Dialogue on “Police and Human Rights in Nigeria”, an event organized by the House of Representatives Committee on follow-up and implementation of the agenda legislative chaired by the Hon. Henry Nwawuba.
He said: “Now a major problem is the lack of trust between the police and the public.
“That is why the current administration was able to come up with a community watch that we are all trying to see how it will work.”
He further stated that “Today’s police know where we come from, if you go back to your roots, you find out from colonial times what the police were when you didn’t want your son to do anything, he says I’ll call the police for you, there is a lot of distrust and disconnect between the police and the public.
“So community policing as it is, we’re trying to focus it, to close that gap, it will be community driven and it will solve problems.
DIG Oyebande re-emphasized the relevance of the state police and how it will help close the communication gap between the police and the community.
He said: “We want to involve the community, the locals, to be part of the surveillance of the area.
“They know the culture, the language, the topography and that is why we are having the community policing initiative to train the locals to join us.
“So that we don’t avoid proactive surveillance, instead of being reactive. So all of this is being done, training staff, bringing in a lot of technology platform to track the heinous crimes that we face today in terms of kidnapping and I know the House Committee has done a lot to support us. “