By G9ija

Pioneer set of 9,694 have graduated as special constables for the community policing programme, the Ministry of Police Affairs, said at the weekend.

They graduated from 13 training centres across the country, according to a statement by ministry spokesman Odutayo Oluseyi.

They were trained in basic police duties, concept of rule of law, police community relations, intelligence gathering, neighborhood policing, basic knowledge of human rights and consequence of abuse of office in a democratic setting, among others.

They are now ready to be deployed in various communities to bring police activities closer to the people, statement added.

Police Affairs Minister Muhammad Maigari Dingyadi announced this at the passing out parade of the pioneer set from Zamfara State at the Police College in Kaduna.

The minister said he was delighted by the efforts of President Muhamadu Buhari to take policing closer to the people.

“What we are witnessing today forms the nucleus of community policing initiative and the reform agenda of Mr. President,” Dingyadi said.

The statement reads: “While affirming the justification of the establishment of Ministry of Police Affairs, he said community policing in Nigeria is one of the dynamic innovations aimed at bringing policing closer to the people through their participation to effectively curb crime and criminality. He said further that the knowledge they have acquired on the need for respect of human right in a democratic setting will be of immense benefits in the discharge of their duties to forestall such infractions, which led to recent #EndSARS protest in the country.

“Dingyadi appreciated the efforts of the Inspector General of Police and his Management team, State Governors, Local Govt. Chairmen, Community Leaders and other Stakeholders who worked collectively to achieve the feet.

The commandant, Police college Kaduna, CP Abdulkarim Dauda (PSC) said the passing out of the special constabulary at the Police College is historic and implored them to operate professionally, gallantly, courageously and to live above board in the discharge of their responsibilities while shunning all forms of corruption and its tendencies.”