The acting Inspector General of Police, Mr Mohammed Adamu, has revealed plans by the force to implement community policing. He made the disclosure at a meeting of the Forum of Northern Traditional Rulers on Tuesday in Kaduna State where critical security issues were discussed.
The acting IGP also disclosed that at least 1,071 persons lost their lives in crime-related cases across the country in the first quarter of 2019 while at least 685 persons were kidnapped across the country. He said 767 of the persons were killed in the north.
He said Zamfara recorded the highest with 203 murder cases, topping the national prevalence rate, next to Kaduna with 112 reported cases while 90 people were killed in Benue state.
He noted that the police have achieved major successes in addressing security and safety threats in recent times, especially since the launch of Operation Puff Adder.
The police boss believes a citizen-centred and community policing approach will lead to more sustainable successes in the management of internal safety and security threat. He also called for the adoption of a potent crime management strategy to tackle banditry and other forms of crimes in the country.
He highlighted the roles of traditional rulers as strategic actors within the community policing architecture.
The meeting had in attendance the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha, and Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai.
In his remarks, governor El-Rufai commended the police boss on the achievements of Operation Puff Adder. He also promised to support the police in the establishment of the CTU Base and assist them in the acquisition of the needed modern crime-fighting technology to tackle crimes in the state.