Enugu – The Commissioner of Police, Enugu State, Mohammed Aliyu, has called on traditional rulers in the state, to give maximum cooperation to the community policing model initiated by the Inspector-General of Police, Mr Mohammed Adamu.
CP Aliyu made the call over the weekend when he visited the Enugu State Traditional Rulers’ Council, over the security situation in the state.
He harped on the need for the traditional rulers to remain resolute in giving the right leadership and fatherly guidance to the youths, so as to deter them from crime and vices.
“You are not just the custodians of the people’s traditions, but also custodians of peace and order in your communities. As such, you remain the core custodians of the Community Policing modal in your communities.
“One of the major ways by which you can help make the modal work in your communities, is by supporting and cooperating with the Special Constables as they serve as a direct bridge between the police and community,’’ he said.
Aliyu thanked the traditional rulers for the support given to the police, adding that for the state to remain the safest, all stakeholders must continue to work closely to keep the state enviable record.
According to him, the society is facing a time when all hands must be on deck in tackling the security challenges confronting her.
“At the heart of the critical set of people whose hands must, as a matter of necessity, be on this deck remains the royal fathers,” he maintained.
Responding on behalf of Enugu State Traditional Rulers’ Council, the Chairman, Igwe Lawrence Agubuzu, assured the Nigeria Police of its continued support and partnership to fight crime and vices within the state.
Agubuzu said the traditional rulers would ensure that the state remains the safest state in the country by working closely with the police and the state government to ensure security and peace.
“As traditional rulers, we have no option but to totally support the governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, a man of peace, who takes issues of security seriously.
“As we are supporting the governor, we will ensure that the police get all the needed support, encouragement and advice to continue the positive work that have made the state the safest state in the country,’’ he said.
Igwe Agubuzu also assured of the traditional rulers cooperation to the police especially for the newly inaugurated Special Constables or Community Policing Officers to work in their domains.