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POCACOV, A powerful Community Driven Tool Of The Nigeria Police Force – UNODC Chief

ByOluwaponmile Awokoya

Sep 23, 2021

The Country Representative of the United Nations office on drug and crime (UNODC) Dr. Oliver Stolpe has described the police campaign Against Cultism and other vices (POCACOV) being the community driven program and public relations tool of the Nigeria police force.

“POCACOV as a veritable community oriented policing instrument tool and commended the Nigeria police force on the initiatives which goes to explain that there are thoughts outside the box for problem from the force with the use of community approaches”

He made this known recently, while on courtesy visit to the Bayelsa state commissioner of police Echeng E.Echeng in his office in Yenegoa.

According to Stolpe, UNODC is here in Yenegoa to develop a workable community based crime prevention strategy that will be deployed in the Niger Delta Region and also cutting across global maritime issue and with great emphasis on southern Ijaw area as a pilot location and pointing that the two program is expected to last for two years.

He further explained that POCACOV was embraced by UNODC on this intervention because it’s activities are community driven, youth oriented and problem solving and solicited for the cooperation of the command with other sister agencies and relevant stakeholders.

Responding, the commissioner of police Bayelsa state ECheng E.Echeng thanked the country representative of the United Nations office on drug and crime for his visit and for taking up this task and assured that his command will stop at nothing in supporting the program which is to offer peace, safety and security in the Niger Delta especially Bayelsa state his area of responsibility.

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