The Nigerian Police force has called on Nigerians to get involved in the fight against insecurity in the country if the present security challenge is to be comprehensively addressed.
The FCT Commissioner of Police, Bala Ciroma gave the charge in Abuja on Wednesday at the award ceremony of People’s Security, Monitor Magazine.
The FCT Commissioner of police who represented by Nuru Sabo said with a strength of three hundred and fifty men to a population of over 200 million Nigerians, the police and even other sister security agents cannot provide security cover for all Nigerians. He stressed the need for every Citizen to actively participate in the security and safety of lives and property.
Ciroma further highlighted how Nigerians can participate in the protection of lives and property, including reporting suspicious movements, being vigilant and supportive, cooperating with the police within the vicinity and volunteering useful information are ways to help in the fight against insecurity in our communities.
The commander-general Vigilante group of Nigeria, Usman Jahun Muhammed who received an award at the ceremony said each member of the community is a security stakeholder including traditional rulers and community leaders.
Former Inspector General Of Police, Mike Okiro who was represented by Adebayo Lanre stated that the use of community governance structure is a fundamental way to curb insecurity in our local communities.
This structure, according to him focuses on developing communities that often considers security as a priority.
He stated that exposing our children to security strategies at early ages will enable them to realize the need for security. This he said will also help to accept and appreciate security agencies.
Okiro called for collaboration between the police and other security agencies.
The award ceremony which attracted many security stakeholders and experts were organized by People’s Security Monitor, a publication by press gallery.