Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has reiterated the need for a comprehensive reform of the Nigeria Police Force to improve citizens’ trust in police officers. Fayemi stated this weekend at a stakeholders’ forum on community policing in Ado-Ekiti.
The governor, who spoke through the State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Wale Fapohunda, lamented the non-implementation of recommendations made at different conferences on how the Police can be reformed.
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Fayemi said: “A large number of our people still don’t see police as their friends. So it seems to me that an important way we can get that trust is through police reform. We cannot simply hope to achieve the intent of community policing without police reforms.” The Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of Zone 17 comprising of Ekiti and Ondo, David Folawiwo, called on Nigerians to take ownership of community policing. He said the Inspector General of Police was committed to making constabularies who were nominated by their community to serve in their locality, thereby ensuring that there is police presence in every hamlet, villages and towns.