The Inspector – General of Police , Mohammed Adamu , on Thursday backed the ongoing negotiations between northern state governors and bandits , saying they were “ peace initiatives” that yielded results .
Adamu , who also claimed that the crime rate in the country had dropped “ drastically ” in the third quarter of the year , when compared with the second quarter, spoke after a security meeting in Abuja .
The IG and the security chiefs had met with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa on Thursday before Adamu emerged from the meeting to brief State House correspondents .
Recall that the governors of Katsina and Zamfara states have been negotiating with the bandits terrorising communities in their states . Sokoto State too is on line to begin such negotiations .
In the course of the dialogues , bandits make open confessions of the killings they carried out and hand in their arms to the governors as a mark of repentance.
In return , the bandits demand the release of their colleagues by security agencies and walk home free .
When asked whether the police endorsed the strange arrangement, the IG said ,
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“ In peace initiatives, you give something to get something .
If dialogue can produce results , why do you want to use force, ” the IG said .
Adamu compared the negotiations in the North- West to what happened years back in the Niger Delta , saying , “ If you remember , some years back , we were having issues in the Niger Delta and those issues , kinetic actions could not solve the problem until amnesty and peace initiatives came up .
The IG, who said crime had dropped in the country , especially in the North- West , gave some statistics to back his position .
For instance , he said while in June, 111 murder cases were recorded “nationally ”, it dropped to 99 in July and 80 in August .
Also , Adamu has declared that the Nigeria Police Force as constituted remains the best option for the country.
Adamu made the declaration against the clamour for state police .
He argued that the state police not advisable on account of what he called , “the divisive politics of bitterness in the country. ”
He said this at a one – day conference on ‘ Effective policing strategies for Nigeria, ’ organised by the Gusau Institute in Abuja on Thursday .
“The Nigeria Police Force as presently constituted remains the best option for our dear country; the community policing model which we have introduced can stem the insecurity in the country , but policing strategies must shift from reactive to modern proactive policing, ” the IG stated .
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