Senator Ike Ekweremadu, a former deputy Senate president, has described the Community Policing policy of the Federal Government as a “fraud” and “total distraction”.
Speaking in an interview broadcast on Friday, Ekweremadu, who represents Enugu West senatorial district, said the current policy as approved by President Muhammadu Buhari and explained by Mohammed Adamu, the Inspector General of Police, does not truly represent the ideals of community policing.
According to him, the current policy does not reflect the wide diversity of the country as it entails in federalism, the system of government which Nigeria practices.
He insisted that the Nigeria Police Force lacks the trust and confidence of Nigerians, noting that the current structure will not alleviate the fears already expressed.
“Nigeria lives as a federal state. We accepted before independence that is suitable for our circumstance is federalism. Since we accepted federalism, we need to look at others practising federalism.
“In those other places, the way they deal with security is to decentralise it. The idea of forming a federal system of government is that you have accepted that you have so many diversities. To respect those diversities, you have to come into a loose arrangement to do things in a way that is peculiar to the people.
“Community policing is a fraud. It is a total distraction. What they are telling us is that there is a problem between the community and the police itself and they need to address that lack of trust and confidence. That’s what community policing is all about.
“If you have a federal system, you have a complete architecture that can deal with situations in a complex manner.
“The Inspector-General came to us and told us they are going to get volunteers who will be giving police information, find out what their challenges are, why do they not trust the police, to build their confidence. That’s what they are saying but our people don’t seem to get it,” Ekweremadu told Channels Television.
The former deputy Senate President stated that Operation Amotekun, the security outfit established by the South-West governors, is a child of circumstance because the federal policing system of the Federal Government is not working.
He said: “Amotekun is a child of circumstance. Unfortunately, the federal police we have now is not working. That’s why they came together to say let us have a security outfit to deal with our problems.
“Amotekun is different from what the federal government is saying about community policing. They have personnel who are going to deal with issues unlike what the federal government is proposing.”