To effectively combat the twin evil of terrorism and kidnapping, Nigerians of all bias must be actively involved.
This is the aggregate submission of speakers at a lecture organised by the Police Community Relations Committee, Osun Police Command in Osogbo on combating kidnapping and terrorism.
Presenting the first paper, former inspector General of Police, Dr Solomon Arase identified some of the challenges that disconnected the police from the people, including the failure to whittle the colonial orientation of the police after independence as well as limited material and human resources.
Dr Arase, who emphasised the inevitability of people’s involvement in security, however, maintained that the police authority must take certain measures to earn the people’s respect.
According to him, the police must respond swiftly to people’s call, hold consistent consultation with the public, while traditional rulers should be encouraged to resolve some civil matters such as land .
In her own presentation, a social crusader, Dr Joe Okei-Odumakin advocated consistent sensitization programme to sensitize the people to their roles in protecting themselves and their community at large.
Dr Odumakin, however, said the police must be professional and civil in their approach to earn the trust of the people, who would invariably bring them information on criminal activities in their neighbourhood.
Similarly, another speaker, Dr Oyebade Olowogboyega argued that community policing world over remained the best method of combating terrorism and kidnapping.
Dr Olowogboyega’s reasoning was that nobody knows a community more than those inhabiting it.
In a keynote address , Governor of Osun State, Mr Rauf Aregbesola canvassed the categorization of occultism as weighty as kidnapping and terrorism.
Mr Aregbesola urged civil society groups to join the advocacy of youth’s involvement in agriculture to educate young people that work is the only antidote to poverty and not ritual killings.
The governor also urged governments to support the police in the area of equipment and other infrastructure to motivate the workforce.