The Government of Kaduna state has started screening of youths as parts of its preparation to commence community policing in the state.
This was disclosed on Monday by Uba Sani, the senator representing Kaduna-central after the acting governor of the state, Hadiza Balarabechaired a consultation meeting with stakeholders on how to address insecurity.
The meeting had in attendance, federal and state lawmakers, chairmen of the 15 local government areas in Kaduna-north and Kaduna-central senatorial zones as well as district heads.
Addressing journalists after the meeting, Sani said he was working on a bill to restructure police architecture to meet contemporary challenges, adding that if it scales through, the bill will create state police.
“I’m working on a bill to restructure the police architecture, that will pave way for federal and state police. We want to solve insecurity in the state and Nigeria as a whole,’’ Sani said.
“We will involve the community in tackling insecurity in the state, through traditional and political leaders. Our governor is determined to end insecurity in the state.’’
The commissioner of local government, Ja’afaru Sani while speaking at the meeting said the screening of selected youths is the first phase towards attaining community policing.
“We plan to adopt community policing in our communities to complement security. We asked district heads to select honest youths and send to local government for thorough screening for community policing. We are confident that community policing will solve the insecurity issue,” Ja’afaru Sani said.
Recall that the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu in May, 2019 said President Muhammadu Buhari directed him to commence the implementation of community policing strategy across the country.
The federal government also approved N13.3 billion in August for the take-off of community policing in the country.