The Divisional Police Officer, DPO of Fegge Police Division in Onitsha, Mr Rabiu Garba has stated that he joined the Nigeria police Pressure to make a change.
Garba’s story had gone viral on the web every week in the past after he addressed some Finish SARS protesters who had come to the division with harmful weapons and threatening to raze down the station, however later began praising him.
DAILY POST requested Garba on how he cultivated the friendship that led to the incident not too long ago, and he disclosed that one of the best ways to police the individuals is to be pleasant with them, as such may help a policeman collect privileged info that may assist him nip crimes within the bud.
He stated, “From discussions we had throughout our Aluta days within the college, individuals see police as a adverse group, however for me, there’s a must intervene the place there’s a shortfall. I took it as a problem. We used to inform ourselves that why a selected organisation is taken into account unhealthy is as a result of the appropriate individuals haven’t entered it.
“If you happen to suppose a selected organisation is unhealthy, why not go into it and attempt to impact the change which you can? Let me inform you, Police is the simplest option to make heaven. That is an organisation the place you might be saddled with the duty of defending the lives of individuals. It’s one organisation the place individuals recognize you, even for routine duties, which is even one thing that’s the primary responsibility of each policeman, they recognize you for it.
“All alone, I turned a policeman. Nobody pressured me, fairly, I’m right here to make the change that I can. I normally inform my males, if you wish to shoot somebody, why not put the gun in your leg and fireplace it and take a look at the bullet earlier than you fireplace at different individuals?”
When requested how he felt on the fateful day when protesters had been surging into the division, and particularly as some police services had been burnt down, and policemen killed, Garba stated he was just a little disturbed, however determined to return out and converse to them.
“What occurred that day was a nationwide challenge. Identical to in all places else in Nigeria, there was a protest in Onitsha, and the protesters had been charging and coming in direction of us. However from our coaching, I do know we should attempt to calm them down, as a substitute of utilizing drive on them. It’s the responsibility of the police to attempt to calm protesters down and to not begin capturing them. So, I informed my males to not shoot at anybody.
“I need to inform you the reality that I used to be disturbed after they had been coming, however I informed myself that nothing like capturing of the individuals should occur. It should not be capturing as a result of it could be like capturing my family. I’ve very many individuals in Fegge who’re my very own associates, and a few of them I noticed among the many protesters, however nonetheless I used to be disturbed as a result of in all places was already charged. So, I got here out and addressed them, and as a substitute of hostility, they began supporting me.”
Garba revealed to DAILY POST that his friendliness to the individuals was borne out of the coaching he has acquired as a policeman, and his learning of Sociology. He stated, “Data is energy and every of my coaching has helped me to have the ability to operate within the place I see myself. First, I studied Sociology and Anthropology as a primary diploma. This has helped me to affiliate and really feel the heartbeat of the individuals.
“My coaching teaches me to know that the neighborhood you might be serving, you must have the ability to be at liberty with them, in case you are actually serving them. You’ve got to have the ability to understudy them and in addition have the ability to know the service to provide them. It’s the responsibility of the state to render them service and positively, for you to have the ability to render service, you have to be humble. Humility have to be there for you to have the ability to serve them.”
Garba who can also be a lawyer was enlisted into the Nigeria Police Pressure in 2002 as a Cadet Assistant Superintendent of Police, along with his first posting to Rivers State and Bauchi State for coaching, whereas additionally having the privilege of an abroad coaching. He hails from Bauchi State and is married, with youngsters.
He served at Mopol 54 (in Onitsha) in 2009, and in 2014, he turned the DPO, Fegge Police Division (Onitsha) the place he’s serving until date.