Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, on Friday inaugurated two committees on community policing, in response to yearnings of citizens for local security architecture to check rising insecurity in the state.
The committees are the State Community Policing Advisory Committee (SCPAC) and State Community Policing Committee (SCPC).
At the ceremony in Asaba, Okowa said the Committees became necessary in order to tighten security in the state, as they would help to bolster community policing to check criminal activities and assist the Police and other security agencies in providing and ensuring the sustainability of a crime-free society.
The Governor noted that the last six weeks had been tasking and challenging, not just with the existential threats posed by the COVID-19 global pandemic, but also with emerging security risks confronting the various federating units.
He recalled that community policing was the subject of the South-South Security Summit held in Asaba in November, 2019 under the auspices of the Inspector-General of Police, explaining that the inauguration of the committees, was one of the many steps his administration was taking to build on the momentum generated at the Summit.
Okowa noted that members of the committees reflected the qualities of professionalism, character, competence, leadership, maturity, experience and diversity expected of such a high-powered assemblage, saying it could not be otherwise because it was an urgent state assignment that required sacrifice, dedication, tact and wisdom.
Expressing confidence in members of the committees, the Governir said he trusted in the abilities of the members to liaise with not just the police, but all relevant stakeholders in order to advise, identify and nip problems in the bud before their escalation into full blown security challenges.
He congratulated members of the committees and urged them to be guided by the zeal to make the state crime-free.
Earlier, the Inspector General of Police, Mr Mohammed Adamu, who was represented by the Deputy Inspector General of Police, Force Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department, Michael Ogbizi, said the inauguration marked the commencement of community policing in Delta.
He commended the Governor for his proactive steps in ensuring that there was security of lives and property in the state, adding that an atmosphere of peace was evident in the state.
The IGP expressed confidence that the committees would take the right steps to ensure that there was peace and crime reduced to the barest minimum in the state.
Others who spoke at the event were Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Zone 5, Mr D.P. Yakadi and Commissioner of Police, Delta Command, Hafiz Inuwa.
Members of SCPAC are the Chairman of Delta State Council of Traditional Rulers, Obi Emmanuel Efeizomor II (co-Chairman); Commissioner of Police, Hafiz Inuwa (co-Chairman); Brig.-Gen. Ibrahim Jallo (Nigerian Army), Mr Ademola Adebiyi (DSS), Cmmandant Chike Ikpeamaonwu (NSCDC), Ocheja Ameh (FRSC) and Comptroller Ibrahim Liman (Immigration).
Others are Mr Friday Ovie (Nigeria Correctional Service), Professor Epiphany Azinge (representing Delta North),
AIG Felix Ogbudu (rtd) (representing Delta South), Chief James Omeru (representing.Delta Central), Alhaji Biliamin Emiko (NSCIA), Reverend Ejiniewe Joseph (CAN), and Ambassador. Prosper Ojoh (PCRC).
The SCPC has The Asagba of Asaba, Obi (Prof.) Chike Edozien as Co-Chairman, Mr Mamman Rijau, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Department of Operations (Co-Chairman); Alhaji Billamin Emiko (NSCIA), Reverend Ejiniewe Joseph (CAN), Marshall Prosper Ojoh (PCRC), Dr. Kehinde Taiga (Civil Society Organisation), Comrade Goodluck Oforbruku (Labour Unions), Mrs Agatha Ajede (NCWS), Comrade Kelly Umukoro (NYCN), Barrister Fred Erulu-Ede (NBA), and Comrade Michael Ikeogwu (NUJ)