The Inspector General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba has met with the senior police officers of ranks DIGs, AIGs and CPs on the implementation of the presidential directive on effective collaboration with other security stakeholders.
CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, the Force Public Relations Officer, stated this on Monday, May 5, 2023.
According to him, in the meeting held at the Peacekeeping Hall, Force Headquarters Abuja, the IGP charges the SPM with Election Tribunal Monitoring, Development of Proactive Mechanisms for Effective Crime Control.
He added the need to inform the Strategic Police Managers of President Tinubu’s directive on “effective inter-agency collaboration for a synergized internal security architecture and addressing topical security issues in the country.”
He commended the managers for their notable achievements from January to May and the successful transition of power on May 29. He urged them to maintain the feat through intra-collaboration and professional handling of all civil matters, especially during this looming crisis of fuel subsidy removal and NLC industrial strike action.
A cross-section of senior police officers at the meeting
He mentioned that within the review period of January to May, “a total of 1,630 criminal cases were recorded cutting across major offences such as Terrorism, Secessionism, Kidnapping, Armed Robbery, Banditry, and proliferation of firearms. During various police operations, 3,619 suspects were arrested, 486 firearms and 4,072 ammunition of various calibres were recovered. A total of 316 kidnapped suspects were rescued unhurt.”
IGP Alkali Baba stressed the promotion of the deserving officers in due course as it is the tradition of the agency.
“31,465 Rank and File have been promoted to their next ranks while thousands of Inspectors due for promotion are currently attending Departmental Selection Boards for promotion to the rank of Assistant Superintendents of Police (ASPs),” he said.
He also charged supervising officers to warn officers under their command against unprofessional acts such as extortion, bribery and criminalisation of civil matters; and establish a human right division where civilians can report any injustice and right violation. He mentioned that severe sanctions will be placed upon any officers that engage in such unethical practices.
He concluded by assuring “law-abiding citizens of the commitment of the Nigeria Police Force to a peaceful and serene civil space even as the Force continually sustains the framework for the salient crime-busting achievements vital to securing our great nation. He also stressed that the NPF will continually leverage the Federal Government’s support even as the internal security dynamics are re-evaluated and strategies are adapted towards ensuring that the current downward trend in crime across the country is sustained.”