Apparently concerned by need to improve standard of security in the country, National Economic Council (NEC), has recommended implementation of community policing in Nigeria.
NEC also directed that security operatives and intelligence community should collaboration and proffer solutions to fresh insecurity challenges especially terrorism that had started in North east.
These were some of the recommendations at Security Summit presided over by the chair of NEC and then Acting President,Professor Yemi Osinbajo.
Osinbajo, in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on media and publicity, Laolu Akande, on Sunday, at the summit stressed need for prompt action to arrest and prosecute perpetrators of terrorist acts, kidnapping and purveyors of hate speeches.
The presidential directive to the Inspector-General of Police initiating community policing is pursuant to provisions of section 215(3) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999, as amended and section 10(1) of the Police Act Cap. P19, LFN 2004.
Akande noted that the retreat highlighted the need for a more effective coordination between the security and intelligence agencies to build a security community that was well synergized.
He noted that meeting without the synergy, optimal performance of different security and intelligence agencies might be difficult.
“The retreat discussed concerns about the delay in the entire criminal justice system and NEC members concluded that prompt action by law enforcement agencies was imperative.
“To facilitate this, NEC advocated the designation of special courts through collaboration of judicial and executive arms of the Federal and State Governments.
“The participants agreed that FG should help States to develop a template on how such special courts would be established, and managed,” the acting president added.
NEC members recognized that the conflict between farmers and herdsmen were essentially a problem of land use, which had however taken an ethnic and religious coloration.
At the summit, it was agreed that governments needed to properly define problems and eschew the ethno-religious construction of what was otherwise an economic challenge.
Also, participants stated that it would be useful bringing different herdsmen and farmers together to discuss and work out some of the issues that concern them.
The NEC also criticized hate speech and adopted the directive by the federal government that the issue would be regarded as an act of terror and punished as such.
Akande added that NEC noted that hate speech was retrogressive and constituted a threat to national unity.
“On the funding of security agencies, NEC agreed that it was key especially with respect to the provision of equipment. It, however, noted that defense budget and funding for other security agencies of government always formed some of the biggest component of the budget and called for greater accountability of the budget.
Akande, who quoted Osinbajo, while commending the Council for their patience and commitment to the process, saying it was not surprising at all because every State Government as you know must be primarily concerned with security.
The retreat also commended the Armed Forces, Police and other uniformed forces for their extraordinary professionalism and dedication to the enforcement of law and order, despite the obvious challenges.