The Senior Special Assistant to the President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, has said many of the states agitating for community policing owe salaries.
Shehu, stated this on Tuesday during a live interview Channels Television.
Responding to a question on why it took the President some time to approve the community policing arrangement clamoured for by some states, Shehu said, “For President Muhammadu Buhari, the concern has always been about the spread and abuse of weapons in the hands of police.”
“He said it repeatedly that, look, a lot of the states that had clamoured for state police, many of them are unable to cope with salary payment. If you hire a community policeman and give him a gun, and keep him for five, six months without salary, what do you expect? Efforts have been taken so that situation of this kind does not arise. So, therefore, there is a standard national procedure and prescription for each of the states to comply with.”
He further stated that all other security arrangements by states would be governed by the dictates of the structure defined by the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu.
“Whatever name they go by, Amotekun or whatever, they will be streamlined and they will be run in accordance with the structure as defined by the Inspector General of Police.
“They will be localised, they will be owned by local communities, they will be managed by them. You know, the constitution of the committee has been defined to include council chairmen, religious leaders, traditional leaders, civil society groups and all of that.”
“They can choose their own nomenclature but it doesn’t make a difference. There is a general structure for all state and local council community policing mechanisms and this should abide in the states.
“So, we are going to have a single type structure community policing across the country and whatever is not in line with this does not have a place in the new scheme of things,” he added.
It would be recalled that the Federal Government had recently approved the sum of N13.3bn for the take-off of community policing initiative across the country.