THE South-East Governors’ Forum (SEGF) has decided that it would have nothing to do with the idea of community policing as recently touted by the Inspector General Mr. Adamu Abubakar.
On Sunday, after an enlarged meeting in Enugu, the chairman of the SEGF and Ebonyi State governor, Dave Umahi, stated in a communique that proposal was against an earlier agreement reached with the Inspector-General on the issue.
At the South East Security Summit in February, organised by Inspector General, Mohammed Adamu in Enugu the South East Governors said that they would not align with any security arrangement that ignores the unique needs of the region, admitting that the region would embrace community policing as advocated by the Federal Government.
Umahi, explained that the governors noted the nature of security outfits in the zone, which had the same operational method of community policing, and essentially because community policing was closer to the grassroots.
But on Sunday, Umahi noted that: “The recent communication from the IG 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.”
At the enlarged meeting were the Enugu State governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, Hope Uzodinma (Imo), and the deputy governors of Anambra and Abia states.
Others in attendance include the President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief John Nnia Nwodo, former Governor of old Anambra State, Chief Jim Nwodo, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, Chairman Christian Association of Nigeria, (CAN), South East, Godwin Madu.