Ebun Francis| Nigeria’s inspector general of police, Mohammed Adamu, on Thursday, met with south-west governors in Lagos over the region’s newly established security out, Omotekun.
Also in attendance were commissioners of police, heads of other security outfits, attorney-generals and commissioners for justice, traditional rulers and community development committee representatives across the six states.
Rotimi Akeredolu, chairman of the south-west governors, while speaking with newsmen shortly before the meeting, said the time to commence community policing has come given the peculiarity of every state.
According to him, community policing ought to be embraced because of numerous security challenges which have overstretched the conventional police.
He said, ”This is something of great importance to all of us, something we cannot pretend about, we must be honest with ourselves.”
“All of us agree that we are facing security challenges, the National Assembly, the President, nobody is happy with the way things are going.
”We must have a rethink about central police, there is too much on the I-G’s table.”
The IGP on his part noted that policing should not be left for the police alone as the public also has a role to play.
According to him, ”We don’t want everything to be taken to the police to handle, there are issues the oba in the community can handle.”