Mr. Ekeocha made the call at a Town Hall meeting in Owerri, which focused on “Improving Relations between Security Agencies and the Citizens.”
He noted that the security challenges facing the nation would be better tackled if the citizenry perceived security agencies as compatriots who would be trusted with sensitive information.
A resource person, Mr. Charles Umeorji, called for adequate remuneration of security operatives especially those deployed to special operations to minimize unprofessional conducts that were capable of attracting enmity to the law enforcement agents.
He also called for the establishment of Complaint Response Units by all the security outfits in the country to handle petitions involving armed men and civilians.
The programme Manager of a non-profit organization, that promotes civil-military relations and Civic Education, Mr. Uche Nwosu, stated that the essence of the meeting was to provide an interface for the military and civilians to develop mutual trust.
As Assistant Commissioner of Police, Mr. Peter Kizzah, called for regular interaction between security operatives and the citizenry to enhance security operations.
Security agencies, the media, Civil Society Organizations and Traditional Rulers attended the event.