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The Nigeria Police Force, NPF 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.

This was contained in a statement issued by the Force Spokesman, ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi on Thursday.

The statement said the decision was taken as part of a strategic effort to conduct a comprehensive review of the unit and reposition it for heightened efficiency and enhanced service delivery.

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.

According to the statement, the 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.

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“During this period of suspension, the Nigeria Police Force reaffirms its unyielding commitment to safeguarding lives and property across the nation,” the statement reads.

“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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