South East Political Leaders and the Inspector General of Police, IGP, Mr Mohammed Adamu have agreed on guidelines for the establishment of joint community policing across the zone.
They reached the agreement at the end of a Teleconference meeting involving South East Governors’ Forum, the President General of Ohaneze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, Chief Jim Nwobodo, the Obi of Onitcha, Igwe Nnaemeka Anichebe and the IGP.
Briefing newsmen at the end of the meeting in Abakaliki, the Chairman of South East Governor’s Forum, Chief David Umahi explained that Commissioners of Police in the zone were faulted for taking over the recruitment process for the security outfit.
Governor Umahi said that they had resolved to make the recruitment, community based to be supervised by Traditional Rulers, and Council Chairmen while a law would be passed by various states Houses of Assembly to give the outfit a legal backing.
Governor Umahi added that those to be recruited would be trained by security agencies while Advisory committees would be set up at the Community, Local Government and State levels to supervise the operation of the security outfit.