The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, has said that urgent and well-thought out solution was required to address the security challenges confronting Nigeria.
He has therefore called on the men of the Nigerian Police to roll up their sleeves and rededicate themselves to their statutory duties in order to provide security that would “not only place us above the criminal elements, but guarantee that we deliver our services in the most professional, civil, and lawful manner.”
A statement on Nigerian Police official Twitter handle (@PoliceNG )this Tuesday, quoted Adamu as saying this in his remarks at the opening of a three-day conference and retreat for senior police officers in Lagos.
The event, which kicked off on Monday, October 28, had President Muhammadu Buhari represented by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
Part of Adamu’s remarks at the event read, “Your Excellency, there is a strong correlation between personnel capacity and organizational performance. This fact is even more evident in the Nigeria Police Force, given the increasingly complex and dynamic nature of crime that we, as the primary law enforcement agency grapples with routinely, the risks we are regularly exposed to, and our obligation to perform our duties within the dictates of the law.
“The inter-mix of these requires the constant acquisition of professional knowledge by all police personnel, particularly, those at strategic management level.
This is with a view to acquiring the capacity to dissect threats, appreciate complex security and crime situations, and take decisions, at times in split seconds, towards neutralising such threats or resolving identified crimes.
The idea of this retreat is, therefore, in furtherance to our policing vision which emphasizes capacity building as a pathway to enhancing effective police service delivery in the country.
“We firmly believe that with the constant engagement of strategic managers and consistent training and retraining of personnel of the Force across all ranks, the expectation of the Federal Government and indeed, the nation at large for a Police Force that is knowledge-driven, rule of law-guided, community-oriented, technology-compliant, and intelligence-led shall be achieved.
“Through a professional forum of this nature, the personnel of the Nigeria Police shall be expected to acquire a high-level of professionalism and competence required to neutralize any threat to our national security and give meaning to the Constitutional provision that ‘the security and welfare of the people shall be the primary purpose of government’…
“Firstly, we intend to utilize this forum to undertake a holistic evaluation of the current internal security threats and crime dynamics in the country, identify factors engendering crimes, and project into the future.
“This is with a view to identifying human capacity requirements for addressing current and emerging threats to our internal security and evolving pathways towards addressing such.
“Secondly, this programme is expected to avail participating Police Officers of the opportunity to draw on the expertise of seasoned facilitators and the rich professional knowledge of the array of police officers here gathered.
“As you all know, the security threats being faced in our dear nation require urgent and well-thought out solutions.
“Let us, therefore, roll up our sleeves and rededicate ourselves to our statutory duties in order to provide security that will not only place us above the criminal elements, but guarantee that we deliver our services in the most professional, civil, and lawful manner.”
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