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Implement Community Policing - Reps Urge Police IG

The House of Representatives has called on the Inspector-General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun, to adopt community policing as outlined in Section 15 of the Nigeria Police Act 2020. This decision came after the adoption of a motion on a matter of urgent public importance by Asama Ago, a member of the Labour Party from Plateau State, who highlighted the need for improved security measures in Plateau State.

Ago emphasized that the Police Act, 2020 provides for the establishment of community policing to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of policing in communities. He pointed out specific sections of the Act that mandate the establishment of Community Policing Committees at the state and divisional levels, involving representatives from the police force and local communities.

In response to the motion, Speaker Tajudeen Abbas instructed the House Committees on Police Affairs and Legislative Compliance to engage with the IG to ensure the implementation of community policing and to report back to the House within four weeks.

Furthermore, the House also called on the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Taoreed Lagbaja, and the IG to deploy additional personnel to the Fika/Fune Federal Constituency of Yobe State to address escalating security challenges. This decision followed a motion sponsored by Mohammed Jajere, the lawmaker representing Fika/Fune Federal Constituency, who highlighted the recent attack on the Gurjaje settlement in Fika Local Government Area by suspected bandits. The attack resulted in the loss of life, injuries, and destruction of property, leading to the displacement of many rural dwellers and disruption of agricultural activities in the area.

Speaker Tajudeen Abbas mandated the Committees on Army and Legislative Compliance to ensure compliance with the directive to deploy additional personnel to the affected area.

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