Adamawa State commissioner of police, Olugbenga Adeyanju has today cautioned communities against selecting people of questionable character to serve in community policing, saying that such mistake will surely prove counterproductive.
The CP made the warning during a peace summit he convened in order to avert the perennial farmers/herders clashes during harvest seasons.
Adeyanju said the warning has become imperative following the involvement of four community police operatives in armed robbery.
“Some people who are supposed to help engage in acts of sabotage. Some hunters who are helping us were involved in armed robbery.
” In engaging in community policing, we should be careful so as not to include bad eggs,” he said.
The commissioner who thanked the various stakeholders for turning to the event in large numbers despite short notice said their enthusiasm is a pointer that the project will record a huge success.
He urged local government chairmen to summon such meetings in their domains in order to avert unnecessary bloodshed.
Also speaking, governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri who made a strong point against violence noted that no one can achieve success through the gun but through dialogue.
The governor who was represented by Senebi Hungiapuko, his security adviser noted that the Fintiri led administration has ensured the prevalence of peace in the state.
He said the governor who is an unabashed lover of peace has organized similar peace summit in Adamawa South senatorial zone to ensure the entrenchment of peace enterprise in the area.
Hungiapuko called on all stakeholders to make a commitment never to partake in actions that are inimical to peace adding that if the people do not harbour such commitments, peace will remain elusive.
He urged chairmen of local governments to replicate such summits in their domain as it will go a long way in entrenching peaceful coexistence in their areas.
In his speech, Lamido of Adamawa Dr Barkindo Muhammad Aliyu Mustapha appreciated the police command for organizing such a laudable program.
Lamido who was represented by Galadiman Adamawa, Mustapha Aminu lauded the commissioner of police for coming out with such a lovely innovation to proffer solution to the lingering farmers/herders imbroglio that defied panacea.
Aminu noted that farmers/herders violence is a scourge that needs multi dimensional approach to tackle.
He noted that key among them is the full involvement of community leaders, active participation of the people and adoption of modern strategies.
The summit which drew participants from diverse areas was attended by religious leaders, traditional rulers, local government chairmen, and a host of others.