NPF Suspends POCACOV Activities, Plans Strategic Restructuring


BY EDMOND ODOK – Bowing to the demands for greater efficiency and robust public engagement, the Nigeria Police Force has suspended with immediate effect the activities of the Police Campaign Against Cultism and Other Vices (POCACOV).

POCACOV is a community policing initiative and public relations tool within the Force Public Relations Department of the Nigeria Police Force.

A statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi said; “This decision comes as part of a strategic effort to conduct a comprehensive review of the unit and reposition it for heightened efficiency and enhanced service delivery.

The statement further said; “Acknowledging the crucial role of POCACOV in advancing community engagement and tackling social vices, the Force recognizes the necessity of halting all pending programs and outreaches, initiated by the present National Coordinator, CSP Ebere Amarizu, to facilitate a thorough assessment and restructuring of the initiative to spread across the six geopolitical zones, each with its respective coordinator.”

Additionally, the statement said; “This temporary suspension aims to realign POCACOV’s strategies, ensuring they effectively address contemporary security challenges and holistically serve Nigerian communities better than its present localised and ineffective campaigns.”

The Force PRO further explained that; “During this period of suspension, the Nigeria Police Force reaffirms its unyielding commitment to safeguarding lives and property across the nation. The revitalization of POCACOV seeks to reinforce its role as an integral community policing instrument, strengthening the bond between the Force and our communities.

“Updates regarding the resumption of POCACOV programmes and outreach activities will be communicated to the public in due course as the Force continues to prioritize safety, security, and community partnership.”

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