ALL the 36 state governors are for community policing, Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State said on Friday as the controversy over the establishment of the Western Nigeria Security Network codenamed Operation Amotekun continued.
But Lalong said desirable as such policy is in view of the security challenges across the country,local security arrangements must operate within the ambit of the law.
Several states governments are already intensifying efforts to check brigandage in their territories.
“We discovered that all of us appeared to be talking about community policing. We have all agreed on that,” the Plateau State governor told reporters yesterday in Abuja.
But he added: “We don’t want a situation where you start doing something and the federal government says you are doing it outside the law just like we say about Amotekun.”
Lalong who is Chairman of the Governance Committee of the Progressive Governors Forum said: “It is now they (Southwest governors) are doing dialogue. If it is going to operate, it must be within the law and what is within the law as far as the governors are concerned is the issue of community policing. We all agreed on that. When you go into implementation, you will use different methods.
“I have been using community policing in my state for a long time. I am opportune to be in Jos where we have three security outfits. I have headquarters of 3 Armoured division of the Nigeria Army and Operation Safe Heaven established by the federal government for a few states. We also have Operation Rainbow.