The need for community policing in Nigeria has been stressed

By Okechukwu Onuegbu

Some members of Anambra state House of Assembly have underscored the importance of Community policing in Nigeria while extolling the introduction and activities of community Vigilante in the state.

The Lawmakers who disclosed this in exclusive interview with our House of Assembly correspondent recently, said that function of vigilantes cannot be overemphasized as they assist the Nigerian Police in crime detection and control.

They said that vigilante touches the grassroot where the police could not penetrate due to some reasons, noting that most at times vigilante members have sufficient knowledge of hoodlums and their route and releases such as at when due, thereby inspiring the later to be at alert and bring insecurity to a barest minimum at no cost.

Speaking to Orient Daily, Hon. Tokas Ohazulike (Ihiala1. constituency), said that vigilante secures the lives and properties of the masses at the nooks and crannies of the state without even soliciting for gratification.

Hon. Ohazulike who explained that people now move freely in Anambra state since present administration gave it recognition and empowerment while providing them with prerequisite training, orientation and needful materials to function effectively unlike previous political dispensation marred with violence, killings and demolition of properties.

Also speaking, member representing Anambra West Constituency, Hon. Victor Jideofor Okoye who doubles as the Chairman House Committee on Police Affairs and Security, said that vigilante has done the state proud as it works harmoniously with the Police in ensuring peaceful atmosphere for both foreign and local investors to transact business.

The security expert enjoined the public to be cautious of any suspicious movement and to report any threats to law enforcement even as he uncovered that the state House of Assembly would soon pass-into law, a bill stipulating modalities through which Vigilante could be funded and managed for better performance.