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Insecurity: Shekarau calls for effective community policing

Former Governor Ibrahim Shekarau of Kano State has called for effective community policing to curb insecurity in the country.
Shekarau, also the immediate past Minister of Education, stated this in Akure while commiserating with Chief Olu Falae, who was kidnapped on September 21 and released on September 24.
“Nigerians should participate actively in community policing and each must see himself as a policeman. Members of community should take it as a challenge, because security personnel can only do little. They should report any suspicious move that can hinder united Nigeria’’, Shekarau added.
He decried the high rate of criminality being meted on innocent people like Falae who had served the nation.
“It is unfortunate that armed robbery and kidnapping are rife, especially kidnapping innocent people who have given their best to serve the nation. They should not be made to suffer and this should not be the prize given to them’’, he said.
He said he came to commiserate with Falae, adding that he was shocked and disturbed when he heard about the incident.
The former governor urged Falae to allow the travail that he went through to strengthen him to do more for united Nigeria.
“I urge you not to allow your continued efforts to be waned, but be strengthened and you should see the travail as a test to work harder’’, he stated.
He, however, advocated social justice to put an end to the menace caused by the rift between Fulani herdsmen and farmers.
According to him, farmers should be advised not to block the routes of herdsmen to avoid conflicts.
Responding, Falae narrated the ordeal he went through in the hands of the kidnappers, saying they thought he was living in affluence as an ex-minister.
“They thought I had money as ex-minister, not knowing that I did not collect then as a minister’’, Falae said.
Falae, who was also the former Secretary to the Government of Federation (SGF), and former Minister of Finance, said he was overwhelmed by the number of people that had visited him over the incident.
According to him, the incident has strengthened his faith and will continue to stand for peace so as to strengthen Nigeria.

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