enowned criminologist and General Overseer of Royal House of Faith, Pastor Bassey James, has reiterated his belief that community policing is the ultimate solution to the prevailing insecurity in Nigeria.
James, also the Chairman of Bascon Nigeria Ltd, a security and telecommunication consultant expert, spoke to to Sunday Telegraph ahead of a proposed conference intended to focus on the launch of Niger Delta Integrated Community Policing Centers, recently.
He explained that the project is aimed at complementing the federal government’s effort in securing the region and build partnership with the youths on the need to shun violence, thuggery, kidnapping and all forms of social vices.
He commended the Inspector General of the Police, Muhammed Adamu, for his recent favorable position on community policing.
James, however, pointed out that government cannot do it alone pointing out that it is only in Nigeria that the business of securing the lives and properties of citizens is left to government alone.
The conference, he added, is also targeted at bringing the youths across the region to understand that violence does no one any good; and to embrace effort to secure their communities and government properties within through effective liaison with locals and police authorities.
Our correspondent reliably learnt that Niger Delta Integrated Community Policing Centers is the brain child of the Chairman of Bascon Nigeria Limited, after many years of working with Akwa-Ibom State and the Police in the Delta region.
The project is also planned to build partnership in the area of providing logistics, equipment and state of the art security technology, with relevant government authorities.
“In the past, we have donated equipment worth millions of naira and a police station to the Nigerian Police, which was acknowledged by the former Inspector General of Police,” Bassey said adding that the company’s foreign partners have expressed readiness to give necessary support.
According to Bassey, Bascon Nigeria Ltd also developed and installed the Akwa-Ibom State joint security model in 2012, adding that the company possesses the requisite experience.
A letter on the proposed conference have been sent to the Inspector-General of Police, and other stakeholders across the region.
Part of the programme of the conference is to brainstorm on how to achieve peace in the country and development of the region. “Every hand must be on deck o build peace in the country,” he stressed.
Earlier, he recommended a model of community policing where community leaders, Divisional Police Officers and Chairmen of each local government will be in charge of locally recruited and trained vigilante who would in turn be responsible for securing their local communities.
“So there is need for the government to work with us. Let everybody contribute to the security development of Nigeria, bring in relevant technologists and retired military people should play a role here.”
“If you have one hundred to two hundred people across the local government areas as vigilante to guard, protect their mother communities, with the help of the Local government Chairmen and the traditional rulers coordinating things, Nigeria will enjoy a secure and peaceful society,” Bassey further explained.
“We are going to support them with logistics and equipment which is what we have done before through our foreign partners,” he assured.
The cleric and security experts urged the Inspector General of Police and relevant government authorities to encourage men and women who are passionate about the support of the police progress.
He further recommended that quarterly meeting be held between the village heads, local government chairmen and Divisional police officer in each locality, for effective security liaison.
“Nigerian must be encouraged to do this, because if the model is embraced, it will go a long way in securing our environment,” Bassey stated.