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Adamawa Governor Jibrilla Advocates for Community Policing

Governor of Adamawa State Senator Muhammad Umar Jibrilla

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In the aftermath of the Jambutu Bombing in Jimeta-Yola, the Governor of Adamawa State Senator Muhammad Umar Jibrilla has advocated for community policing as one of the ways of combating such acts of terror. 

The Governor who convened an Emergency Security Committee meeting shortly after receiving a Federal Government delegation led by the SGF Babachir David Lawal on Saturday the 24th of October, 2015. The meeting which lasted several hours took far reaching decisions which include the need to intensify prayers and massive Public Enlightenment among many others. 

In attendance were His Royal Highness the Lamido Adamawa Dr. Muhammad Barkindo Aliyu Mustapha, all the Service Commanders in Yola, Chairman Adamawa State House of Assembly Committee on Security, the Attorney-General of the State, the Chief of Staff to the Governor and the Commissioner for Information. 

The meeting reviewed the security situation in the state taking note of attacks on isolated communities in Madagali Local Government Area as well as the Jambutu Bombing. It was observed that these desperate acts of cowardly attacks on soft target are as a result of the fact that the insurgents have been degraded as a fighting force and have also been smoked out of their hiding places. 

The meeting therefore resolved to step-up Public Enlightenment in the state using conventional media as well as traditional media such as public address vans, town criers, posters, handbills in addition to the use of radio and television Jingles. Security alertness was considered paramount and that the public should be encouraged to partner with security forces in mounting vigorous vigilance in all communities in Adamawa State. 

One very important outcome of the meeting was the decision to engage traditional rulers, at all levels in the state in the process of community policing. Traditional Rulers were to support Government and the Security Agencies in public enlightenment, monitoring movements, identifying strange persons and coordinating the activities of local vigilantes and hunters within communities. 

The meeting also called to unceasing prayers in all communities including Special Eid Prayers by Muslims and Special Crusades by Christian groups to seek God’s intervention in the process of securing our communities. It was observed that prayers constitute the strongest bulwark against the actions of the satanic elements that engage in such dastardly acts. 

Another very serious issue discussed was the connection between abuse of drug related substances and criminal activities including terrorism. The meeting resolved to equally combat drug abuse and include issues of drug abuse in all public enlightenment matters. The youth will form a special target in formulating policies on security. 

At the end of the meeting, it was resolved that an expanded security committee involving Service Commanders, Traditional Rulers and Religious Leaders will be convened by the Governor to re-design a new Security Architecture for the state. This is to be a matter of urgency so as to actualize community policing, increased vigilance, intensified prayer sessions and Public Enlightenment. shemale porn

The Commissioner for Information is to equally convene a meeting of all Media Executives and other stakeholders including NOA to create a blueprint for Public Awareness in the state.

Ahmad I. Sajoh, MNIPR 

Hon. Commissioner for Information 

Adamawa State Government

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