South-east govs reject IGP’s community policing programme

The South-east zone Sunday declared that it would not implement the community policing template rolled out by the police hierarchy.

This was contained in a communiqué presented by the zone after their enlarged meeting in Enugu.

The communiqué was read by chairman of the Forum and Ebonyi state governor, Chief David Umahi.

Others present at the meeting included Governors Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, Hope Uzodinma, Enugu and Imo, respectively, as well as deputy governors of Anambra and Abia states. The Present-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief John Nnia Nwodo, former governor of old Anambra state, Chief Jim Nwodo, Igbo leader, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, chair of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) South-east, Bishop Godwin Okafor were equally present.

They accused the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Adamu Abubakar of going contrary to earlier agreement reached on the matter.

“The recent communication from the Inspector General of Police to our governors on community policing composition is not in keeping with the agreement we reached with him during his last visit to the South-east.

“In the circumstance, we cannot begin implementation of it until the programme reflects our earlier agreement.

“The South-east governors and their leaders request the IGP to revert to our initial agreement reached on community policing at Enugu,” the governors said.

The Forum expressed happiness with the process of work at the ongoing 2nd Niger Bridge, thanking Mr. President, Minister of Works, Anambra Ssate governor as well as Julius Berger handling the project.

They equally expressed happiness with the progress of repair works at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu, saying very soon, the airport will be reopened.

“We commend Mr. President, the Minister of Aviation, the Governor of Enugu state, other governors of the South-east and the committee headed by Engr. Chris Okoye in this respect.

“We assure our people that with the progress of work, we are hopeful that the Airport will reopen soonest, subject to COVID-19 federal government programme,” they assured.

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