…….AIG Ogbaudu makes advisory committee list
By Blessing Ogwara
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has established two committees, State Community Policing Advisory Committee (SCPAC) and State Community Policing Committee (SCPC), to check resurgence of insecurity across the state.
Inaugurating members in Asaba on Friday, the governor said the committees will deepen security structure in the state which will help to combat crimes, as well as support the Police and other security outfits in their duties to ensure a crime-free society.
An Isoko son, Assistant Inspector General of Police Felix Ogbaudu (retd) was enlisted to represent the people of Delta South.
He stressed that there are three major partners in the community policing process which are “the people, the police and the government”, adding that the partnership will promote and sustain “our collective peace and security”.
“The last six weeks or so have been very tasking and challenging, not just with the existential threats posed by the COVID-19 global pandemic, but also of emerging security risks confronting the various federating units.
“Notwithstanding the steady progress made by this administration in partnership with relevant security agencies to ensure the peace and safety of individuals, communities and public property in the state, there is a compelling need to continually deepen and expand our security architecture in such a manner that we are able to preempt and arrest any untoward development.
“Of weighty consideration in this regard is the necessity to bolster our community policing apparatus as the monsters of farmers/herdsmen clashes, cultism, small arms and light weapons proliferations, kidnapping, armed robbery, and other violent crimes appear to be on the resurgence.
“Urgent steps are, therefore, required to avert a possible breakdown of law and order. It is axiomatic that the security of any state or nation is a shared responsibility between the Government, law enforcement agencies and the people.
“And, as I have always said, the job of security is too serious, too important and too demanding to be left to law enforcement agencies alone.
“Community policing provides us with a strong platform to leverage on this partnership. Through the collaboration of the police, the people and the Government, it enables us to improve the processes and structures that engender peace-building, preserve our collective security, enhance the credibility of our criminal justice system and deliver better policing services,” the governor said
Recalling that community policing was the subject of the South-South Security Summit held in the state capital last November, under the auspices of tge Inspector-General of Police, he explained that the inauguration of the committees, therefore, was one of the many steps his administration was taking to build on the momentum generated at the Summit.
He expressed confidence on members of the committees “to advise, identify and nip problems in the bud before they escalate into full blown security challenges”.
Okowa added, “where one member of the ‘trinity’ is absent or non-committal, problems are bound to occur. Also, this partnership succeeds when it is not limited to occasional meetings, public declarations or simply sharing information.
“These must be backed with appropriate and decisive action by the police to elicit goodwill and inspire confidence. One key factor that enables problem-solving is the development and deployment of incident management programme.
“In each instance, we owe it a duty to do a proper analysis of what happened in order to correctly frame the problem and proffer the right solutions. The questions to be asked are: What went wrong? How did it happen? Was there any intelligence report? If not, why? Who was responsible, if any, and how do we prevent similar mistakes in the future?
“In suggesting solutions, we are to prioritize diplomacy and carefully weigh the intended and unintended consequences of any action.”
Earlier, the IGP, Mr Mohammed Adamu, represented by the Deputy IGP, Force Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department, Michael Ogbizi, said that the inauguration marked the commencement of community policing in Delta state.
He commended the governor for his proactive steps at ensuring the security of lives and property in the state.
The Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Zone 5, Mr D.P. Yakadi and Commissioner of Police, Delta Command, Hafiz Inuwa also spoke at the occasion.
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), Cmdt Chike Ikpeamaonwu (NSCDC), Ocheja Ameh (FRSC) and Comptroller Ibrahim Liman (Immigration) and Mr Friday Ovie (Nigeria Correctional Service).
Others are Prof. Epiphany Azinge (Rep. Delta North), AIG Felix Ogbaudu (retd) (Rep Delta South), Chief James Omeru (Rep. Delta Central), Alhaji Biliamin Emiko (NSCIA), Rev. Ejiniewe Joseph (CAN), and Amb. Prosper Ojoh (PCRC).
While 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), Rev. 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), Barr. Fred Erulu-Ede (NBA), and Comrade Michael Ikeogwu (NUJ) as members.
In a related development, members of the Delta caucus in the House of Representatives have endorsed Governor Ifeanyi Okowa’s move to establish a new security outfit, Operation Delta Hawk” in the state.
The caucus while describing Okowa as being “proactive,” in setting up the outfit to tackle the rising insecurity in the state, noted that community policing is the way to go in view of the prevailing insecurity ranging from herders-farmers clashes, kidnapping and other violent crimes.
The group, led by the minority Leader of the House, Chief Ndudi Elumelu, include Hon. Ossai Ossai, Victor Nwokolo and Ben Igbakpa, said the also came to const the governor on the contentious .Infectious Diseases Bill on the floor of the the House.