A former Inspector-General of Police (I-G), Mr Solomon Arase, on Sunday called for the inclusion of traditional rulers in designed efforts to tackle insecurity in the country.
Arase made the call in Auchi, Edo State, at a security summit organised by Almalgamated Afemai Forum (AAF).
He described the traditional institution as an integral component of the society that was needed to solve the challenge of insecurity, saying that traditional rulers had a better knowledge of their domains.
According to him, sustainable peace cannot be achieved without the active engagement of the royal fathers in the fight against insecurity and other social vices.
“The traditional rulers are the eyes of the people in their various communities
“We have to go back to incorporate traditional institutions into our security architectures.
“Taking away the security from the traditional rulers and giving it to local government chairmen is responsible for the insecurity in the country,” he said.
The former police chief reiterated his call for the adoption of community policing, while canvassing increased synergy among all security agencies to address the security challenges.
The Chairman of AAF, Dr Mustapha Lecky, said that strengthening of security institutions and consultations with local authorities as well as stakeholders would go a long way in achieving the desired security and peace in Edo North Senatorial District.
“This programme is to provide opportunity for stakeholders to engage in conversations aimed at putting an end to insecurity in our area,” he said.
Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo, who was a special guest at the event, said that the state government had put in place a security architecture for community policing.
The governor, who was represented by the Deputy Chief of Staff, Mr Jimoh Ijegbai, said: “We have set up a security network with the local vigilantes to protect lives and properties.
“We look forward to partnering with you to make our state safe and secured,” he said.
Earlier, the convener of the summit, Dr Bright Aregs, said the meeting was to discuss the insecurity in Edo North Senatorial District and to proffer solutions to it.
Aregs said that the organisation also intended to raise N5 billion to establish a Security Trust Fund for effective policing of the area.
“This summit is to examine strategies to combat crime in the senatorial district.
“It is our hope that at the end of the day, we would be able to neutralise insecurity in our land,” he said.