The Police in Enugu State, South East Nigeria has begun engaging traditional rulers with a view to ensuring adequate security in the communities.
The Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr. Emmanuel Ojukwu, kicked off the engagement on Tuesday with a town hall meeting with all traditional rulers at the House of Assembly Complex where issues relating to community security and partnership were highlighted and discussed.
At the meeting, Ojukwu appealed to the royal fathers to see their role in the communities as vital to peace and security and encouraged them to partner with the police to resolve any issue that could bring about threat to peace and security.
He also sympathized with the families of victims of Nimbo community where suspected herds killed some people and destroyed properties last month.
The commissioner informed the traditional rulers that the Nimbo incident was being investigated by a high-powered team despatched to the area by the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase, to unravel circumstances surrounding the incident.
He informed the royal fathers that the command, in partnership with the Enugu State government, has concluded plans to train members of the neighbourhood watch groups to meet up with the challenges of community safety and security.
Shun rumour mongering
On rumour Mongering, Ojukwu reminded the Royal fathers on the need to desist from that but to ensure that any report is directed to the appropriate quarters for necessary action.
“Fear creates panic and insecurity in the minds of the people and it is dangerous,” he said, charging the royal fathers to encourage mutual and peaceful co-existence as it will be very difficult to ask any tribe in Nigeria not to live in their communities as such is not supported by the Nigerian Constitution.
Ojukwu advised the royal fathers and their subjects to be security conscious, reminding them that land disputes, the issue of who becomes president-general of town unions and leaders of neighbourhood watch groups were threats to peace and security.
Royal fathers pledge support
In his response, the Chairman, Enugu State Traditional Rulers Council, Igwe Lawrence Agubuzor, pledged the support of the royal fathers to the programmes and aspirations of the commissioner of police aimed at making the entire area safe and secured.
The royal father raised issues of the ugly activities of some of herdsmen in the communities and the need for effective partnership with the police.
The Town Hall Meetings will continue in the three senatorial zones of state.