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Nigeria needs more of Community Policing now — Ex IGP

Former Inspector-General of Police, Mr Suleiman Abba said on Sunday that for Nigeria to drastically reduce crime and terrorist activities, she urgently needed to encourage more community Policing.

Abba said in Lagos that it was imperative for the Nigerian Police to engage more with communities and stakeholders in crime prevention and management.

According to him, Nigeria does not need foreign intervention to be able to reduce crime in her communities, but to promote more of community Policing.

“The greatest collaboration that the Nigerian Police should look for is collaboration with stakeholders in crime prevention and management, as well as fighting against terrorism and violence in our communities.

“This is where community policing become very important. Let the Society accept you and know that you can protect them, as you also get them involved,” he said.

“There should be trust between the Police and the society. And once there is that trust, and we work together with the society, we can jointly achieve our common goals.

“We cannot and should not run away from the society,’’ he said.

Suleiman Abba was appointed as the 17th Inspector-General of Police on Aug. 1, 2014. He retired from service, after 31 years, in April 2015.(NAN)

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