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Nigeria has witnessed ‘drastic reduction’ in kidnapping, banditry, armed robbery, other crimes —Police

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Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has warned his men against the use of brute force in the discharge of their duties.

He advised them to deploy intellect, respect for extant laws, civility to citizens, knowledge, and sound professional judgement in their duties, which he said were requirements for modern policing.

Adamu made this comment during the decoration of 13 newly promoted Assistant Inspector-Generals (AIG) of Police at the Force headquarters in Abuja on Wednesday.

He added that the engagement of intelligence-led and technology-guided policing strategies, as well as the renewed commitment of personnel to their mandates, had led to a drastic reduction in crime across the country.

Speaking to the new AIGs, Adamu admonished the them to rededicate themselves to their duties, noting that their promotion was guided by the principles of seniority and merit.

He added that the recommendation and approval for the promotion of the 13 officers was in appreciation of their history of professional excellence, loyalty, zeal and invaluable experience.

The police boss stated that more demand and responsibility would also be placed on the senior officers.

“Crime, as you know, is a dynamic and increasingly complex phenomenon and within the Nigerian context, we inherited some internal security threats touching on banditry, kidnapping, armed robbery, cyber crime and cultism,” he said.

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“The engagement of community-driven, intelligence-led and technology-guided policing strategies as well as the renewed commitment of personnel of the Nigeria Police to their mandates has combined to engender a drastic reduction in these crimes.

“In order to sustain this achievement, some of you, the newly promoted officers, shall be deployed to critical policing posts where your strength of character and professionalism shall be optimally tested,” he said.

“In the discharge of your duties, however, you should appreciate that modern policing is no longer driven by the application of brute force, but the deployment of intellect, respect for extant laws, civility to citizens, knowledge, and sound professional judgement.”

The IG further told the newly decorated AIGs that Nigerians would be looking up to them to exhibit the sterling qualities which informed their elevation as they assumed the responsibilities attached to their new career status.

“I trust that you shall not fail the Force, neither will you fail the nation in this arduous national duty call,” Adamu told the officers.

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