By Ehis Agbon
The Director General of Youth Crime Prevention Initiative, Patriot Prince E.O Opara Oscar, has called on youths in crises and crime prone communities to partner with the government and Nigerian police to secure their communities.
He made this call on thursday when he made a crime prevention awareness campaign to two crises and crime prone communities of Gengere in Kajuru and Kurmin Kare along Abuja-Kaduna expressway in Kaduna state.
In his address to the youths , Prince Oscar Opara, said community members, especially the youths, have a vital role to play in the maintenance of peace in the community, as they are often the ones recruited by crises merchant to cause problems in communities.
While commending the Inspector General of Police, IGP Mohammed Adamu, for the successes recorded so far in the fight against Kidnapper and bandits in different parts of the country especially the Abuja – Kaduna expressway, Prince Opara said the youths should always cooperate with the police by providing them with timely information on happenings in their various community.
Opara noted that the IGP’s prompt and personal involvement in crime fighting is responsible for the noticeable reduction in crime and criminality in recent times.
While urging the IG Mohammed Adamu to screen out the few bad eggs in the police force, he advised other police officers to emulate the IGP and his leadership qualities in the course of executing their duties.
Prince Oscar reemphasized the need for peaceful coexistence, as it’s only a crises free community that can attract development and hence the communities should strive for peaceful coexistence among all members of the community as this will encourage government to do more in their communities.
Prince Oscar Opara, in conclusion, said the Youth Crime Prevention Initiative will be embarking on another round of capacity building training on security awareness for youths in some communities as a follow-up to the empowerment of over 2,500 persons in various communities across Nigeria.