Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris has charged civil society organisations to educate the masses on the importance of community policing, stressing that policing was everybody’s business.
The IGP also revealed that the re-organisation of X-Squad was aimed at strengthening the force to fight corruption within and outside the police and that the Eminent Persons Forum was designed to partner with communities and find lasting solution to lingering problems in the society.
The police chief handed the charge when he received in audience a coalition of civil society groups led by its president, Etuk Bassey Williams.
Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Don Awunah said in a statement yesterday that during the visit, the president of the group congratulated IGP Idris on his confirmation as the 19th indigenous Inspector General of Police of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
He expressed concern over the current security situation in the country and commended the concerted efforts of the Nigeria Police Force in ensuring adequate security and safety of lives and property throughout the country.
He further lauded the commitment and dedication of officers and men of the force in crime prevention and detection, most especially in the area of visibility policing which he observed had led to drastic reduction in crime and criminality in the country.
He also promised that the group would continue to partner with the force.
In his remarks, the IGP expressed delight at the visit and acknowledged the fact that the groups had always been partners in progress with the Nigeria Police Force.
He assured them that the force would continue to commend its personnel for better performance, as he told them that Nigeria Police performed excellently well while in foreign missions and urged them to give their maximum support to enhance efficiency in the force.
Nigerian Pilot gathered that the coalition comprised Save Nigeria Initiative and Democratic Movement, Centre for Human Rights Advocacy (South West), Arewa Initiative (North-West), Alliance for Good Governance, OAK Foundation (South-West), Network of Young Female Leaders of ECOWAS Community (South-South), Northern Patriotic Front (North-East), Centre for Leadership Network in Africa and Centre for leadership Development Initiative.

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